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Teenager dies in Coffs Coast beach shark attack

Zac Young, 18, was surfing with three friends when he was bitten on the legs by a shark at Campbell's Beach at Coffs Harbour.
Zac Young, 18, was surfing with three friends when he was bitten on the legs by a shark at Campbell's Beach at Coffs Harbour. Leigh Jensen

6.30PM: THE name of the teenager tragically killed by a shark attack at Campbell's Beach on Saturday afternoon has been released.

Zac Young, 18, was surfing with three friends when he was bitten on the legs by a shark.

It is believed the man was from Port Macquarie.

"His mates struggled with the shark for a short time," Inspector Joanna Reid told reporters at the scene.

"Then the shark has let go and friends then courageously managed to get him to shore."

Ambulance paramedics were forced to make their way through bushland to get to the section of Campbell's Beach off Elouera St before arriving at the scene.

At the beach they found the three friends trying to revive the man.

"He suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest as a result of his injuries," an Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

Surf Life Saving NSW has closed all beaches close to where the attack happened for at least 24 hours.

4.55PM: AN 18-year-old bodyboarder has died after a shark attack near Coffs Harbour despite desperate attempts to revive him by ambulance paramedics.

Paramedics quickly who arrived at the scene went above and beyond their usual high standards to resuscitate the victim but tragically were unable to do so.   

"Attempts were made to resuscitate him when he was brought to the shore, but he died at the scene," an Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

The fatal attack was the first in Coffs Harbour since an attack in the Bellinger River in 1938.

The attack happened at Campbell's Beach north of Coffs Harbour.

Around 2pm, police and ambulance paramedics were called to Riecks Point after reports of an emergency situation developing.

A man, believed to be aged 18 and a visitor to the area, was bodyboarding with friends around 100 metres off shore when he was bitten on both legs by what is believed to be a shark.

His friends managed to get him to the beach where he was treated by paramedics.

Despite a prolonged CPR session he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command remain at the scene.

All beaches in the Coffs Coast area have been closed as a precaution while water police and other vessels conduct patrols looking for the shark. 

The tragic death is the second shark fatality in a week.

Sunshine Coast surfer Chris Boyd, 35, was surfing alone at Gracetown, about two hours south of Perth, on Saturday when he was taken by what is believed to have been a Great White.

Witnesses said the popular surfer was dead by the time rescuers got him to the beach shortly after 9am.

The death of "Boydy" has rocked the Sunshine Coast surfing fraternity and particularly members of his former club, the Coolum Boardriders.

2.00PM: EMERGENCY services are at Campbell's Beach north of Coffs Harbour where a shark attack has been reported.

While it's still unconfirmed, local residents are reporting on social media that the attack has been fatal.

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