By Sarah Keane •
Published: 25 Oct 2020 • 15:59
MAN critically injured after shark attack in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
A 59-year-old man has been left fighting for his life with ‘catastrophic’ injuries after being bitten in the thigh by a shark in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The deadly shark ripped into the man’s thigh.
Paramedics rushed to the reef at midday Sunday, October 25 after a distress beacon was launched. The critical injured victim was allegedly spearfishing on a boat on Britomart reef, north of Brisbane, when the shark attacked, according to local news reports.
The victim was immediately airlifted to Townsville Hospital, where authorities described his condition as ‘critical with catastrophic bleeding.’
Paramedic David Humphreys added: “The obvious concern was catastrophic bleeding which we did our best to arrest, get control of.
“But knowing the definitive care is surgery for this patient, we also wanted to stabilise him as far as we could.”
This year is Australia’s deadliest year for shark attacks since 2014, with seven deaths recorded to date.
Following previous shark attacks, Australia’s tourism industry called for more measures to be implemented such as aircraft or drones to watch over swimmers and alert them of sharks in the water.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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