The family and friends of a body-boarder killed in a shark attack at Ballina on the state’s north coast earlier this week have requested that media organisations respect their privacy. Wollongbar teenager, Peter Edmonds, was body-boarding at Lighthouse Beach about 8.15am on Tuesday (8 April 2008), when he was attacked by a shark.

The 16-year-old was pulled from the surf suffering heavy blood loss from severe lacerations to his upper and lower leg.
Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.

Since Peter’s tragic death, his family and friends have been inundated with requests from media organisations for interviews and other information about the teenager.

The Edmonds family and Peter’s friends initially made themselves available for media interviews and inquiries, however, they are now requesting that their privacy be respected as they grieve the loss of their loved family member and friend.

Peter’s funeral will be held at Alstonville next week. The Edmonds family has requested that no media, including pool cameras, be allowed into the service to ensure the solemnity of the funeral is maintained.

Family and friends hope that media organisations will comply with their privacy request, and allow them to prepare for the funeral without any further interruptions. 

UPDATED: 10th April

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Police will prepare a report for the information of the New South Wales Coroner following a fatal shark attack at Ballina, on the state’s North Coast, this morning. A 16-year-old Wollongbar boy was bodyboarding at Lighthouse Beach about 8.15am today, when he was attacked by the shark.

His mate raised the alarm after finding him floating unconscious in the water. The teenager was pulled from the surf suffering heavy blood loss from severe lacerations to his upper and lower leg.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance personnel attended the scene a short time later; however, attempts to revive the teenager were unsuccessful. The boy’s body was conveyed by ambulance to Ballina Hospital.

Lifeguards in the Ballina Shire Council area have closed local beaches as a precaution. Police will prepare a brief about the incident for the information of the state coroner.

Source: NSW Police Force