Mani Hart-Deville suffered serious leg injuries after being maimed by the shark at Wooli Beach, New South Wales, around 2:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. Other surfers rushed to help the teen and he was brought ashore.
Witness Helen Dobra said the teenager screamed after being bitten by the shark, which returned for a second attack.
She told 9 News, “Basically, he said he was in the water and a very big great white shark came over and took a bite, and he was screaming.
“Then the surfer said that the shark came back for another attack … and another surfer actually went bravely and tried to take the shark from him, then they pulled him out of the water. “
The photos show police on the beach and an officer carrying a damaged surfboard.
In a statement, the police said: “Witnesses told the police that a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing.
“Several snowboarders came to his aid before the injured teenager could be helped to descend. “
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He told 7 News: “They won’t know until they do forensic tests on the surfboard.
“It’s unusual, a place as far away as this for a shark attack to occur.” “
Surfer Jake Trevillian paid tribute to the teenager after the tragic incident.
He told the Australian Daily Telegraph: “The world was his oyster. You could say that about a lot of kids but he was really smart, artistic, not shy, and they all loved him.
« He loved making his own surfboard, few other children are like that.
“He was an individual and didn’t follow everyone’s path, and one of those you could say was going to do something cool with his life. “
It was the second fatal shark attack in Australia in a week after the death of 36-year-old Matthew Tratt last weekend.
He was spearfishing near Fraser Island in Queensland when he was killed by a shark.