Editor's Note: The World Surf League is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the surfer at Greenmount.
As a part of the Australian surfing community, we share the grief and mourning, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends, as well as the Coolangatta community in this difficult time.
It's been reported today that a surfer has died after being bitten by a shark at Coolangatta, on Australia's Gold Coast.
ABC News reports that the man died from critical leg injuries after lifeguards and members of the public rushed to his aid following the attack at the popular Greenmount Beach, near Snapper Rocks.
The incident reportedly occurred shortly after 5pm.
"It was a pretty severe attack and the ambulance and paramedics were here and did what they could, but it was to no avail," Gold Coast Chief Lifeguard Warren Young told ABC News.
This is the third person to tragically lose their life as a result of a shark bite in a relatively small area in recent months. Rod Pedretti, 60, was killed at Kingscliff in June, just south of Greenmount, while 15-year-old Mani Hart-Deville lost his life at Wooli, on the NSW North Coast, just a few hours drive further south.
This latest attack has occurred at one of the most popular, famous and crowded surf breaks in Australia -- and at a break which has not been, anecdotally, considered to represent a high shark danger.
The beach is also one of many on the Gold Coast with shark nets in place. These barriers are designed to disrupt the movements of sharks and discourage them from venturing close to shore near beach users.