Wed, 9 Sep, 2020

Community in shock after fatal shark attack victim is named

Community in shock after fatal shark attack victim is named

The Gold Coast community is mourning the loss of a local real estate agent after a shock shark attack killed him.

Nick Slater, 46, was surfing off Greenmount Beach when he was killed in the Gold Coast’s first fatal shark attack since 1958.

Despite frantic efforts of surfers, lifesavers and paramedics, he died within minutes.

Tom Tate, the mayor of Gold Coast, said it doesn’t matter how long had passed between the fatalities, it was still a tragedy.

"It doesn't matter how long it's been, it's still a devastating shock to the Gold Coast community," he said.

Mr Slater’s co-worker at London Estate Agent’s spoke to NCANewsWire saying he was too shocked to give a statement. 

Brisbane’s Tim Follett told the Courier Mail he had been walking around Greenmount headland when he saw the chaos unfold.

"It was like the whole beach just froze. There was a lady screaming, it was horrible," he said.

Lifeguards are patrolling the water on a jet ski today as well as having a Westpac helicopter watch from up high.

The beaches between Burleigh Heads and the New South Wales border are currently closed.