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Great White Sharks Kill Australian Teen Surfer

Friends Watch in Horror as Youth Attacked

ADELAIDE, Australia (Dec. 16) - Two great white sharks attacked and killed a surfer while his friends watched in horror Thursday off a popular beach in the southern Australian city of Adelaide, authorities said.

<!-- /PARAGRAPH OBJECT -->The 18-year-old man had fallen from a surfboard being towed by a power boat when the sharks attacked him off West Beach mid-afternoon, South Australia state Sea Rescue Squadron spokesman Fraser Bell said.

"He fell off the surfboard and the shark appeared and took him," Bell told reporters. "It tore him apart ... apparently it tore him in half and the other shark came in and took the rest."

Asked if there were any chance the victim had survived, Bell replied, "None whatsoever."

<!-- /PARAGRAPH OBJECT -->Police and state emergency services said there had been no sign of the victim or the sharks since the attack despite extensive searches off the coast.

Bell said the sharks were between 4.5 to five meters long (15-17 feet).

The attack took place about 250 meters (yards) from a crowded beach.

An unidentified woman on the beach told Seven Network television the shark that led the attack "caught his left arm and took him around the boat and then another shark has come in and they just took him to pieces."

Two of the three 16-year-old boys who were in the boat witnessed the attack and received medical treatment for shock. The four friends, all from Adelaide, had been on the water for just 30 minutes before the attack.

State police chief inspector David Lufty said beaches in the area would be closed as the search continued for the killer sharks.

<!-- /PARAGRAPH OBJECT -->He did not say what would happen to the sharks if found. Great whites are a protected species.

The tragedy is the second shark fatality in Australian waters within a week.

A 38-year-old man was killed by a shark while spearing fish on the Great Barrier Reef off northeast Australia on Saturday.

Two sharks were involved in a previous tragedy in July when a witnesses said a 29-year-old surfer was attacked by a great white shark and possibly a bronze whaler shark off the Australian west coast.

Experts said at the time that sharks were not known to hunt in pairs.

 
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Originally Posted by Harleymom10860 Bell said the sharks were between 4.5 to five meters long (15-17 feet).
HOLY COW!!!! That's a Big friggin' shark! that's a horrible story! His friend's are gonna be traumatized for a long time from that one! Sharks probably saw the board zooming by - thought it was food. They always say on those shark shows on tv... they see a board w/ arms and legs, and think it's a big seal. Gotta be careful out there... you're in territory where you don't know what's watching from under you... You can't really fault the sharks - they're doing what nature intended them to do.. .and you can't fault the kids for having fun. Just another tragic accident... sucks.
 

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What a tragedy! Like NYAngel98 said it's not really the sharks fault since they are just doing what they naturally do. It's a horrible story though. I feel bad for the boys who witnessed it because now they are going to remember it forever even with medical treatment.

 
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how tragic. reminds me of Bethany Hamilton in last year's incident on another island. although she survived, she was attacked by a large tiger shark & lost her arm. that poor man, my hear to goes out to his family.

 
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Originally Posted by keaLoha reminds me of Bethany Hamilton in last year's incident on another island. It's nice to see how well she's adapted to only having one arm and is doing so well in her surfing! It's nice to see someone make something positive out of such a horrible tragedy.
 

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