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    Local Swimmer Killed By Shark At Byron Bay

    The man believed to be in his 50s was attacked at the popular beach on Tuesday morning.

    A man believed to be in his 50s was killed today after being bitten by a shark at Byron Bay, New South Wales – the second fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year.

    UPDATE 1400AEST: Local police have held a press conference to inform the media the man in his 50s has been identified.

    Dave Hunt / AAP

    Contrary to earlier reports the local man was swimming, rather than surfing at Clarkes Beach.

    Other locals and tourists at the scene of the attack (pictured) have been advised to move away from the shore.

    The first chopper photos appear to show a large shark hovering in the area of the attack.

    Chopper footage shows proximity of shark to scene of fatal shark attack on male surfer off Byron Bay beach. #9News

    Nine News Brisbane@9NewsBrisbane

    Chopper footage shows proximity of shark to scene of fatal shark attack on male surfer off Byron Bay beach. #9News

    1:09 PM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    UPDATE: #ByronBay shark a four-metre white pointer, according to @SeaworldGC's Trevor Long http://t.co/nWcfPVnVgG

    7 News Sydney@7NewsSydney

    UPDATE: #ByronBay shark a four-metre white pointer, according to @SeaworldGC's Trevor Long http://t.co/nWcfPVnVgG

    1:41 PM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    UPDATE: @nswpolice say fatal shark attack victim was Byron Bay local. @slsnsw tracking large shark off beach. #9News

    Nine News Brisbane@9NewsBrisbane

    UPDATE: @nswpolice say fatal shark attack victim was Byron Bay local. @slsnsw tracking large shark off beach. #9News

    1:53 PM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The location of the attack is near Main Beach which is the most popular swimming location for tourists to Byron Bay.

    Google Maps / Via google.com.au!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6b906233d1ee5501:0x40a6052e4fd86320

    Byron Bay Shire Council told locals via Facebook that all beaches in the area would be closed for the next 24 hours to deal with the shark.

    A man has died after a suspected fatal shark attack at Byron Bay today.At 10.45am (Tuesday 9 September 2014), police and paramedics were called to Main Beach after reports of a shark attack.A man, believed to be aged in his 40s, was in the water when he was bitten on the right leg by what is believed to be a shark.He was seen floating in shallow water, close to the shore line, and dragged onto the beach. An ambulance was called and he was pronounced dead a short time later.Inquiries into the identity of the deceased, and what he was doing in the water at the time of the incident, are continuing. A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

    Off duty lifesavers have been assisting emergency services with a fatal shark attack at #ByronBay

    State Ops Centre@SLSNSW_SOC

    Off duty lifesavers have been assisting emergency services with a fatal shark attack at #ByronBay

    11:20 AM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Scene of fatal shark attack at Byron Bay @9NewsAUS

    Tyson Cottrill@TysonCottrill

    Scene of fatal shark attack at Byron Bay @9NewsAUS

    11:47 AM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Lifesavers have closed Byron Bay's beaches for the next 24 hours...

    Byron Council Lifeguards closing beaches from Tallows to Belongil for 24 hours. Surfers & swimmers should stay clear of water #ByronBay

    State Ops Centre@SLSNSW_SOC

    Byron Council Lifeguards closing beaches from Tallows to Belongil for 24 hours. Surfers & swimmers should stay clear of water #ByronBay

    11:51 AM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Local police officers are attending Byron Bay's Main Beach, to speak to people and work to identify the man.

    The attack comes after a 63-year-old woman was killed by a shark on the New South Wales south coast earlier this year.

    Recent shark attacks have prompted a response from authorities, with the Western Australian Government co-ordinating a controversial catch-and-kill "shark cull" to keep Australia's surfers safe.

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