The tiny communities of Minnie Waters and Wooli are coming to terms with the death of a 15-year-old from Minnie Waters, who died in a shark attack in the area on Saturday.
Witnesses told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach just before 2.30pm.
Several boardriders came to his assistance before the injured teen could be helped to shore.
First aid was rendered for serious injuries to his legs and despite CPR efforts to revive him, the 15-year-old died at the scene.
Beaches in the area including Wooli, Diggers Camp and Minnie Water were closed but have since been reopened.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District are liaising with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
It is believed the surfer was attacked by a White Pointer shark.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry's website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333-000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.