| 07.06,20. 12:45 PM |
Man killed by shark while surfing in northern NSW
A male surfer has died after being bitten by a shark near Kingscliff in northern NSW. (9News)
Fellow surfers have been unable to save the life of a man attacked by a huge shark off the coast of the NSW northern rivers region this morning.
The 60-year-old man was surfing at Salt Beach near Kingscliff when he was bitten by the shark just after 10am
Others surfing nearby rushed to help, fighting the shark off before helping the injured man to shore, witnesses at the scene have told police.
They estimated the size of the animal at three metres long.
The victim, who is believed to be from Queensland, received first aid treatment for a serious wound to his left leg but died at the scene.
Beaches between Kingscliff and Cabarita have been cleared of swimmers and surfers by Marine Area Command officers and local surf lifesavers.
The beaches will remain closed for the next 24 hours.
Police will be working with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's death.