Pictured: Longboard contestant Nick Slater was killed to death by a great white shark on Tuesday
A surfer killed to death by a giant white shark on the besieged Gold Coast beach has been identified as a 46-year-old real estate agent.
Longboard rider Nick Slater was just meters away from other surfers on Greenmount Beach when he was attacked at around 5 PM on Tuesday, leaving him with catastrophic injuries.
No fewer than 40 surfers were surfing in the water when Mr. Slater was attacked in shallow waters at the popular hangout.
His death marked the first fatal shark attack in the region since 1958.
The surf cameras captured the terrible blow and at least one other passenger had seen it.
Mourners descended on Greenmount Beach Wednesday morning to pay their respects to the locals of Miami – as helicopter crews continued their search for the great white shark.
Pictured: Members of the public and paramedics cover the victim, who was treated on the back of the beach cart
Surf cameras captured the moment Mister Slater was killed by a great white shark on the Gold Coast in the first fatal attack in the area since 1958.
Slater is helping surf mates and beachgoers after being bitten by a shark on Tuesday
A Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter was flying in the area after the first light in search of sharks.
The beaches from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks are closed for the day and lifeguards are patrolling the waters on jet skis.
Thomas Richard Tate, Mayor of Gold Coast, offered his condolences to the Slater family on Wednesday morning.
He said: “The last time we were attacked by a shark was in 1958, more than 60 years ago.”
“No matter how long, it’s still a devastating shock for the Gold Coast community.”
The mayor said the beaches will remain closed until it is determined that the shark is no longer in the vicinity.
Mr Tate said the shark attack was a reminder for all beachgoers to “take care of your mates”.
He said, “I really mean it makes us real, when we come out of the ground we go to the water, that’s where sharks are.”
Slater was a 46-year-old real estate agent who lived in Miami on the Gold Coast
Two women embrace at Greenmount Beach Wednesday morning after the death of a surfer
Pictured: Rescuers on jet skis search the waters at Greenmount Beach on Wednesday
Screenshots from Swellnet surfing camera show, Mister Slater sitting in the water at the end of the row before the shark catches him and pulls him down.
Water splash can be seen before the black silhouette of a shark swims away.
Some surfers a few meters away seem oblivious to what’s going on.
Mister Slater is then seen floating face down in the water before the board passengers drag him ashore.
The bite extended from the top of his thigh to his knee, and a tooth of the predator remained on its long board.
A witness told Courier-Mail that Mr. Slater’s injuries extended from “the groin to just below the knee.”
A man walks along a boardwalk as Greenmount Beach closes on Wednesday morning
Two surfers were seen walking near the “Danger” sign on Wednesday morning as the beaches from Perlay to Snapper Rocks were closed.
Greenmount Beach will remain closed until it is determined that there are no longer sharks in the area
The witness said, “They were all taken pretty much.” “It was pretty much all hanging out there not much.”
Footage from Coastalwatch showed the moment immediately following the attack, when a surfer paddled the victim on the beach with the help of other beachgoers.
Rescuers were seen waiting on the sand before work frantically to treat the severe injury.
The water was evacuated while rescuers tried to save the victim.
Emergency crews rushed to the popular tourist spot but the estate agent was not rescued.
Slater, solo surfing, was pronounced dead minutes after their arrival.
Coastalwatch footage captured the moment when a surfer brought the injured man to the beach with the help of other beachgoers
Greenmount Beach was closed Wednesday morning after a surfer was exposed by a shark on Tuesday
Greenmount Beach is located near the Queensland and New South Wales border and is surrounded by shark control equipment including nets.
Good surfer Parker said 7News He initially discovered a school of fish and up to 30 birds near the victim, which is what attracted the shark to the surfer.
He was walking along a footpath near a lookout point when he noticed some turbulence in the water.
He said, “There were four or five people screaming and pointing at the water, and I looked where they were pointing and I saw a board floating and there was a body next to it.”
Mr. Parker just assumed the surfer had been kicked out because he wasn’t moving, so he ran to the shore and swam to the victim, who was in deep water.
There were about three in the scene in front of me and they were all trying to drag him with the board he had. She also helped drag him ashore.
When they arrived on the sand, rescuers were waiting with a stretcher, but Mr. Parker said he was “pretty much gone” when they arrived.
Parker said the injury extended from “the groin area directly below his knee.”
He said, “It was pretty much all taken … there was nothing, it was hanging there not much.”
Surfer Jade Parker told 7News that he first discovered a fish school and up to 30 birds near the victim, which drew the shark to the surfer.
Two rescue trucks stopped on the sands of Greenmount Beach as the sun rose on Wednesday morning
A woman sits on a rock overlooking the water at Greenmount Beach on Wednesday morning
William Hutton, Queensland Ambulance Supervisor, said the man was skiing with a few other gentlemen.
He said, “It was already seen by one of the other surfers, they saw him being attacked by a shark.”
Mr Hutton said rescuers provided first aid on the beach.
“It was a very painful event for everyone involved,” he said.
Close to the Queensland and New South Wales border, Greenmount Beach has shark control gear including roller lines.
It is not yet known how the shark avoided nets to reach the man.
A sign in Greenmount Beach alerts swimmers and surfers that the beach is closed on Wednesdays
A man walks past a sign announcing the closure of Greenmount Beach on Wednesday morning
Pictures show paramedics and rescuers dealing desperately with the man’s injuries in the back of the beach cart.
Members of the public were seen carrying a sheet to cover him while he was receiving treatment for the sting.
The attack is the first on the Gold Coast since 2012, when a 20-year-old surfer was attacked in Nubian Beach.
It was the first deadly attack in the region in 62 years, when Peter Gerard Sprunk was killed in 1958.
A shark shook him 250 meters from Surfers Paradise Beach and died of his wounds even though rescuers were coming to rescue him.
A rescue cart is seen parked on the sand as surfers leave Greenmount Beach on Wednesday morning