A young surfer has died in a shark attack off the coast of South Australia. The teenager was pulled from the water with serious injuries at Ethel Beach in Ennis National Park, west of Adelaide, police said on Thursday.
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- A 14-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark off the coast of South Australia.
- The victim did not survive the attack.
- This is the third fatal shark attack in South Australia this year.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the victim was 14 years old. The boy was about 40 meters from the coast at the time, according to other media reports.
Sharks were spotted in the area just two days ago. They may have been fishing, as there are currently large schools of salmon in the waters. “I've seen some sharks here for 22 years, but this was the first fatal attack here,” one local surfer told the ABC.
9News reported that the victim traveled with his family from Adelaide, about 300 kilometers away, on a surfing trip. Relatives may have witnessed the attack from the beach. Located on the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 450 meters long, Ethel Beach is popular with surfers and particularly popular during the summer holidays.
Series of shark attacks
This is the third fatal shark attack in South Australia this year, with two men being fatally injured in shark attacks a few months ago. Their bodies were never recovered. In November, a 32-year-old woman was attacked by a shark off the coast of South Australia and suffered serious head injuries. In October, a 64-year-old woman survived an attack and suffered serious leg injuries.
As the number of attacks increases, there have been calls for more protection for surfers and swimmers in the area. Unlike other states, South Australia does not use water traps or nets to keep sharks away, the ABC reported. But there are air traffic control patrols. Greens in the region called on the state to support shark repellent for swimmers.
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