The man who was mauled by a shark on the Gold Coast on Tuesday was a successful local real estate agent.
Nick Slater, 46, was surfing off Greenmount Beach when he was killed in the Gold Coast’s first fatal shark attack since 1958.
Mr Slater was a keen longboarder and a sales agent at London Estate Agents. He was surfing at one of the coast’s most idyllic surf spots on the coast when he was bitten on the leg.
Despite the frantic efforts of surfers, lifesavers and paramedics, he died within minutes, all captured on the Coastalwatch surf cameras.
Fisheries believe the shark was a 3.5 metre white pointer.
Surfers at the scene described it as incredibly distressing.
Tributes have been flowing on social media with one friend writing “RIP… my dear friend…”
Jade Parker tried to save his fellow surfer. Speaking on Channel 7’s Sunrise he said he had retrieved the board, finding it still lodged in the board’s fibreglass.
“The tooth had snapped off in the board itself,” he said.
“It was obvious it was a white pointer.”
It’s the first fatal shark attack on a Gold Coast beach since the shark net program was introduced in the 1960s, and comes just three months after Tugun surfer Rob Pedretti off the Tweed Coast.
Dianne Korchecz said she was on the beach when the accident happened.
“One young surfer said he saw the big shark swim under him,” she said in a Facebook comment.
“There was a large school of fish in the area and the birds were swooping and feeding also. The shark got through the shark nets also.”
It’s understood Mr Slater’s family live in New South Wales and had been informed overnight.