Teen Killed in Shark Attack for the Second Time in Australia in a Week

A teen died Saturday following a shark attack in New South Wales, Australia, after an older man was killed earlier this week.

According to The Associated Press, the teenager was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach in New South Wales when he was attacked. A shark bit the teen's leg, resulting in "severe injuries" for the victim following the attack.

Early police reports had said that the boy was 17, but it was later corrected that he was 15.

Other surfers helped the boy get to shore for medical help. He was given CPR, but he died at the scene.

Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons said that the news of the shark attack was shocking and offered sympathy for the teen's family.

"What's happened there this afternoon would shake everybody," Simmons said in a statement to The Associated Press. "It's terribly shocking. All of our sympathies, from people in the area, go out to the boy's family."

The mayor said that a number of people had gone to the area for vacation and many people were probably in the water.

Local police will be investigating his death, according to a press release.

Authorities advised people to be cautious when going to the beach. "Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry's website... and the SharkSmart app," the police statement said.

The Clarence Valley mayor's office did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

The teen's death marks the second shark attack in Australia in the past seven days. As previously reported, a 36-year-old man died on July 5 after a shark bit his leg while he was spearfishing on Australia's Fraser Island. The man also died at the scene, despite receiving treatment from local doctors and paramedics.

Fraser Coast mayor George Seymour mourned the man's death in a statement. "Our deepest condolences go to this young man's family and friends," Seymour said in a statement to ABC News. "The loss of a young life with his future before him is a tragedy beyond words. We share their sadness and grief," he said.

According to The Associated Press, there have been five deaths from shark attacks in Australia so far this year. The country normally sees three deaths from shark incident per year. There have not been five deaths related to shark attacks since 2014.

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Great White Sharks seasonally gather off the coast of Guadalupe Island; divers dive inside cages off the boat Nautilus Explorer in order to safely swim with the sharks on September 15, 2016, 150 miles off the coast of Mexico. A teen died after being attacked by a shark while surfing. Getty