A swimmer died after a rare shark attack off Sydney, Australia, left the victim with "catastrophic injuries."
"Footage clearly shows a body, half a body being taken by a shark," police said over a scanner on Wednesday afternoon, according to News.com.au.
Witnesses told the news outlet they saw a 14-foot great white shark attacking the unidentified swimmer. A fisherman on the beach told ABC Australia the swimmer was yanked underwater, and the attack lasted several seconds.
“Unfortunately this person had suffered catastrophic injuries and there wasn’t a lot paramedics could do when we arrived,” a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman told News.com.au.
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It is the first fatality from a shark attack in Sydney since 1963, but popular beaches nearby have been closed since the attack, according to ABC Australia. Local police also will be investigating.
“To lose someone to a shark attack like this is chilling," Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker said in a release. "We are all in shock.
“Lifeguards will patrol beaches over the next 24 hours looking for any further sightings of sharks," the Randwick City Council told News.com.au.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Shark attack at Australia beach kills swimmer, first in decades