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The 15-year-old surfer dies after being attacked by a shark near Coffs Harbor when the police retrieve the board


The teenager who died after being attacked by a shark while surfing was identified.

Mani Hart-Deville, 15, was surfing at Wooli Beach near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales when his legs were bitten shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Friends and family watching on land desperately paddled out to save him and tossed him out of the water before trying first aid.

He suffered deep bites on both legs and died sadly at the scene.

Mani Hart-Deville (photo), 15, was surfing at Wooli Beach near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales when he was attacked by a shark just before 2:30 p.m.

He suffered severe leg injuries and died at the scene of the crime, despite receiving first aid and CPR measures from the emergency services. The police collected his surfboard, which showed visible bite marks near its base

He suffered severe leg injuries and died at the scene of the crime, despite receiving first aid and CPR measures from the emergency services. The police collected his surfboard, which showed visible bite marks near its base

Local woman Helen Dobra said another surfer tried to fend off the shark before pulling it out of the water.

"I spoke to one of the surfers and basically said he was in the water and a really big white shark had popped up and took a bite and (the boy) screamed," Ms. Dobra told Nine News.

The surfer said the shark would come back in to attack again. He said another surfer went bravely and tried to get rid of the shark and then they (the boy) pulled out of the water. & # 39;

Ms. Dobra said she ran to the beach to find his family and paramedics around his body.

"It was a really traumatic scene, my heart is still pumping, it will be a real shock to our community," Ms. Dobra told the Daily Telegraph.

His troubled family comforted each other when police took the boy's surfboard and several bags of items from the beach.

Witnesses are seen hugging at the site of a shark attack on Wooli Beach near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales

Witnesses are seen hugging at the site of a shark attack on Wooli Beach near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales

Huge bite marks were visible towards the base of the board, with a piece of fiberglass cut out.

Lifesaver Peter Sweetman said he thought it was a two-and-a-half meter tall white man, but the board is being evaluated to determine the shark.

Stan, a local charter owner, said white sharks are common in the area.

"I did a lot of spearfishing and there are lots of sharks, lots of great whites come through," he said.

Mani, who grew up in the area, was remembered as a clever, artistic boy who made his own surfboards.

Jake Trevillian, whose daughter was friends with Mani, said the teenager had a lot of potential.

"The world was his oyster," he said of the publication.

"He was an individual and didn't follow everyone else's path, and one of those who could be said to do something cool with his life."

Mr Trevillian, who surfed himself, said it was the first attack he had heard of on the nearby beaches.

"Over the years there have been bumps, close calls and people being pushed off the boards but not really biting."

The Wooli Beach community was rocked by death.

Kyra Geerin has posted a warm tribute on social media.

Several officers collected bags of items to remove them from the scene on Saturday

Several officers collected bags of items to remove them from the scene on Saturday

Two officers inspected the damage done to the board after it was fetched from the beach

Two officers inspected the damage done to the board after it was fetched from the beach

"Hope heaven is good to you," Kyra wrote.

"We will miss you more than you will ever know. I love you marns. & # 39;

Police officers from the Coffs / Clarence District will work with the Ministry of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances of the death.

Wooli Beach is not currently monitored by Surf Life Saving NSW, but they will return to the beaches in late September.

The surrounding beaches, including Wooli, Diggers Camp and Minnie Water, have been closed.

"Beach visitors are encouraged to follow Surf Life Saving NSW's safety instructions," the police said.

A report on the teenager's death is prepared for the coroner.

This final attack comes after a 60-year-old surfer died after being bitten on the leg by a three-meter long shark in Salt Beach at Kingscliff on June 7.

A couple of other boarders, including someone who was friends with the victim and an unknown surfer, risked their lives to save the 60-year-old.

The couple fought bravely against the shark in a desperate attempt to save the man's life before pulling him ashore.

Paramedics waited in the sand to treat the critical leg injury, but unfortunately he died at the scene.

The 15-year-old boy's surfboard was loaded into the back of the patrol unit to be removed

The 15-year-old boy's surfboard was loaded into the back of the patrol unit to be removed

The shark attack occurred when the 15-year-old boy surfed at Wooli Beach (pictured) near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales just before 2:30 p.m.

The shark attack occurred when the 15-year-old boy surfed at Wooli Beach (pictured) near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales just before 2:30 p.m.

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