Sunday 25 February 2018

Shark attack leaves man critically injured while fishing on Great Barrier Reef

The 26-year-old was bitten repeatedly on a leg as he dived near Hinchinbrook Island off the coast of Queensland state on Saturday
The 26-year-old was bitten repeatedly on a leg as he dived near Hinchinbrook Island off the coast of Queensland state on Saturday
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A man was critically injured when he was attacked by a shark while spear fishing on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, an official said.

The 26-year-old was bitten repeatedly on a leg as he dived near Hinchinbrook Island off the coast of Queensland state on Saturday.

Queensland Ambulance Service Supervisor Ange Timmins said his friends brought him by boat to the town of Cardwell where ambulance officers stopped his bleeding and stabilised his condition.

He was flown by helicopter in a critical condition 90 miles north to the Cairns Base Hospital, she said.

His friends thought the man was attacked by a bull or tiger shark, Ms Timmins said.

Martin Taylor from the Queensland Ambulance Service said the victim owed his life to a friend's quick actions in applying the emergency tourniquet, which stopped the bleeding.

"The initial actions by three friends have definitely saved his life ... because he was losing so much blood," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

A 55-year-old man was severely injured a 13ft bull shark while diving near the Great Barrier Reef last month.

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