Beachgoers still enjoyed the water at Yamba Beach despite Saturday's fatal shark attack north of Coffs Harbour.
Beachgoers still enjoyed the water at Yamba Beach despite Saturday's fatal shark attack north of Coffs Harbour. Debrah Novak

Beachgoers ignore shark threat and hit the water at Yamba

SATURDAY'S shark attack north of Coffs Harbour hasn't deterred beachgoers in the Clarence Valley.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club's Mike Harvey said while lovers of the surf and sand acknowledged the sad loss of one of their own, people were still taking to the water yesterday at Yamba.

"It's a terrible thing to have happened, but it's a risk you accept when you go swimming," Mr Harvey said.

Mr Harvey said the attack would be in the back of people's minds for some time.

"They'll be aware of it and they'll be thinking of him," he said.

"It's awful for his friends and family... it's incomprehensible."

Zach Young, 19, was about 100 metres off shore at Campbell's Beach when he was attacked.

His friends managed to get him to shore but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"His mates struggled with the shark for a short time," Inspector Joanna Reid said.

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

An Ambulance Service spokeswoman said Mr Young suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest as a result of his injuries.

"Mr Young's lower legs were badly mauled."

Marine police and other agencies patrolled the area until 4pm on Saturday but were called off due to poor weather conditions.

Coffs Harbour Council ordered a 24-hour closure of all beaches between Sawtell and Woolgoolga.



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