Shark attack leaves man critically injured while fishing on Great Barrier Reef
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 hi s 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.
A 55-year-old man was severely injured a 13ft bull shark while diving near the Great Barrier Reef last month.