Fatal shark attack near Ballina
A surfer has been killed in a shark attack at Shelly Beach near Ballina this morning. It is understood the man lost both of his legs in the attack.
The victim was Tadashi Nakahara, a Japanese national who'd lived in Australia for a year working as a distributor at Ballina-based Webster Surfboards.
The attack reportedly happened just 10 meters from shore as Nakahara sat on hs board. Three young surfers pulled Nakahara from the water before help arrived. Surfers in the water at the time said they saw the shadow of the shark and estimated it to be 3.5m-4m long.
Today's incident follows a shark attack yesterday at Seven Mile Beach between Lennox Head and near Broken Head. In that incident a 35-year-old Byron Bay local was sitting on his surfboard when he was "attacked".
The surfer drove himself to Byron District Hospital before being transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition with puncture wounds to his back and buttocks.
Police have closed all beaches from South Ballina to Lennox Head. All swimmers and surfers have been ordered out of the water.
Updated 6:30pm 09/02