A surfer was killed by a shark on Tuesday off Australia’s east coast.

The man, in his 50s, was surfing off Forster, 137 miles north of Sydney, when he was attacked late that morning, a police statement said.

Onlookers pulled the man out of the water, suffering serious injuries to his upper right thigh, police said.

Ambulance service said the man could not be resuscitated despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene.

The beaches at Forster have been closed.

People walk along a beach in Tuncurry, Australia
People walk along a beach in Tuncurry, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Police said they were working with government authorities to identify the shark species.

Lower North Coast Rescue Branch president Brian Wilcox said a drone search after the attack spotted two sharks in the area.

“It’s pretty unprecedented. I don’t remember ever having a shark attack in this area, ”Wilcox told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“We will be doing… drone missions for the next two days, in the Tuncurry Beach area, just to make sure there are no sharks lying around,” Wilcox added, referring to the beach. where the surfer was attacked.

The man’s name has not been released.

It was the first fatal shark attack in Australia since November, when a 55-year-old surfer was maimed near the northwest town of Broome.