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Man in critical condition after shark attack off Australian coast

Written by on 25/10/2020

A man is in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark off the Australian east coast.

The 59-year-old victim suffered “catastrophic bleeding” from being bitten on the upper thigh at Britomart Reef, near Queensland, on Sunday.

He had been spearfishing with a local group when the attack happened, police said.

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Image: The man had been treated on a boat ramp

Other people in the group made a makeshift tourniquet before paramedics arrived to treat him on a boat ramp.

The man was then airlifted to hospital to undergo emergency surgery.

“On arrival, he didn’t have a pulse, so I would say that’s not a good place to be in,” said Ray Hardy from Queensland ambulance service.

Paramedic David Humphreys said the man had suffered a “very significant shark bite” to his upper thigh and pelvis region.

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“Obviously the concern was catastrophic bleeding which we did our best to arrest, to get control of and yet he remained in a critical condition after our interventions and he’s now undergoing emergency surgery… in the hospital,” he said.

Britomart Reef is a popular Queensland snorkelling and spearfishing site.

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Image: Ray Hardy from Queensland ambulance service said the man did not have a pulse when he arrived at hospital

Seven shark attack deaths have been recorded so far this year, making it Australia’s worst year for fatal attacks since 2014.

In September, 46-year-old Nick Slater was killed after being attacked at Greenmount Beach in Queensland, despite the beach having shark nets.

The last fatal attack before that was in July, when a 36-year-old spear fisherman died after being bitten on the leg off Queensland’s Gold Coast.

 Sky News

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