Shark bites a fisherman hooked on Great Barrier Reef

Canberra: A fisherman was bitten by a shark that he had hooked and was attempting to haul on to his boat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, an ambulance official said Tuesday. The 55-year-old man was bitten on Swain Reefs off the Queensland state town of Rockhampton on Monday afternoon but did not reach paramedics until his boat moored at Rockhampton’s Rosslyn Bay on Tuesday, Queensland Ambulance Service supervisor Brad Miers said. “A 55-year-old male represented quite well, however had a large bite to his left upper arm,” Miers said. “He stated that he’d caught a large reef shark and as he went to pull it on board, it turned and bit him,” Miers said. “Despite a large wound … he’s in remarkable condition; very joyful.” An ambulance crew took the man to Rockhampton Hospital, Miers said. There have been three shark attacks on the Great Barrier Reef in three week.

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