Surfer found brutally stabbed at popular beach on NSW’s Mid-North Coast

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales – A shocking discovery was made on a beach in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, when a 22-year-old surfer was found brutally stabbed. The young man was located in the beach car park with significant stab wounds to his body on Thursday morning, around 6:40 am.

Despite being rushed to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in critical condition, the victim tragically succumbed to his injuries shortly after. A local resident who had been camping in the car park recounted seeing the surfer slumped next to his car, clad in a wetsuit. The witness initially thought the victim was simply seated next to his vehicle, but upon returning from a jog, the area was swarming with police.

The witness described how the surfer would diligently arrive for early morning surf sessions, even when the waves were not ideal. Authorities, including the SES, combed the beach and its surroundings for any clues or evidence related to the stabbing. Additionally, a search was conducted in the nearby bushland close to the victim’s car.

Investigators are exploring various leads, including the possibility of the surfer encountering someone attempting to break into his vehicle. Detective Chief Inspector Guy Flaherty disclosed that items of interest were found near a campsite by the jetty, prompting the designation of the area as a crime scene. The assailant, however, remains at large as authorities urge any witnesses to come forward.

The investigation led to the establishment of strike force Kooringaroo, with a request for individuals who may have witnessed anything near the surf club car park during the crucial timeframe on Thursday morning to contact authorities. As the community reels from this tragic incident, law enforcement continues its efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.