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Australian surfer dies in shark attack after attempting to warn others

May 18 (UPI) -- A surfer in Australia died Tuesday after he was attacked by a shark off the coast of New South Wales.

The 59-year-old man experienced severe blood loss and went into cardiac arrest after a shark bit into his upper leg. The man was surfing while on vacation with his friends at Tuncurry Beach.

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"It's believed that when the attack occurred the man did actually see the shark and called out to try to warn others," Police Superintendent Chris Schilt said.

The attack marks the first fatal shark attack in Australia this year, according to the Taronga Conservation Society.

The man's friends were able to drag him to shore where he received treatment from four ambulances but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

The beach was closed Wednesday as authorities searched for a great white shark that was believed to have bitten the man.

Two great white sharks, both measuring nearly 15 feet, were spotted by drones deployed above the waters near the beach.

"Any target sharks [including] white, tiger or bull sharks that are caught will be relocated about 1.5 kilometers offshore before being tagged and released," the NSW Department of Primary Industries said.

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