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55-year-old Australian diver 'lucky to be alive' after being mauled by giant bull shark

“He has severe bites to his left arm and some minor lacerations across his stomach,” a paramedic told news agency AFP.

The bull shark attack happened off the north-east coast of Australia.
The bull shark attack happened off the north-east coast of Australia.
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AN EXPERIENCED DIVER is lucky to be alive after he was mauled by a large shark in a remote area near the Great Barrier Reef, Australian paramedics said today.

The 55-year-old was diving with friends about 60 nautical miles east of Murray Island in the Torres Strait on Saturday when he was attacked by the four-metre (13-feet) bull shark.

“He has severe bites to his left arm and some minor lacerations across his stomach,” Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic David Cameron told AFP.

The man was taken by boat to Murray Island, three hours from the dive site, where he was treated by a nurse.

He was in a stable condition today and due to undergo microsurgery, Cameron said.

“There are several different types of sharks out near Murray Island, but the bull shark can be quite aggressive, so he is very, very lucky,” he added.

Although sharks are known to inhabit the area – which is popular for crayfishing and free diving – attacks were uncommon, the paramedic said.

Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and bait fish move closer to shore, but fatalities remain rare.

- © AFP, 2017

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