A person died Saturday after being attacked by a shark whereas spearfishing off Australia’s east coast, police mentioned.
The 36-year-old was bitten on a leg in waters close to the favored vacationer vacation spot Fraser Island, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Brisbane.
A nurse and a physician handled the person on shore earlier than paramedics arrived, however he died from his accidents on the scene, police mentioned.
Police didn’t establish the species of shark. It’s the fourth identified deadly shark assault within the nation this 12 months.
“This (is) a tremendously unhappy day for our group,” Fraser Coast mayor George Seymour mentioned on Fb.
“Our deepest condolences go to this younger man’s household and mates.”
Shark knowledgeable Daryl McPhee advised the Courier Mail that Fraser Island was a “key spawning location for migratory fish” which magnetize sharks.
“It is no shock that there is an unprovoked shark chunk there; it is maybe extra shocking that people are literally diving there,” mentioned McPhee, an affiliate professor of environmental science at Bond College.
Final month a 60-year-old surfer died after being mauled by a three-metre (practically 10 ft) shark south of Brisbane.
Australia has one of many world’s highest incidences of shark assaults, however fatalities stay uncommon.
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