AUS: Fatal shark bite at the Great Barrier Reef

Media Release

Queensland Police

07. April 2020

Fatal shark bite, Gladstone

A 23-year-old man has died following a fatal shark bite in waters off North West Island yesterday.

The man was swimming with a group of friends and as he was swimming back to their charter vessel, he was bitten by a shark.

A doctor and paramedics responded to the scene and treated the man on board the vessel before he was transported to Gladstone Hospital.

The man sustained life-threatening injuries to his leg, hand and elbow. He succumbed to those injuries just after 10pm.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Source: Qld. Police

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Media Statement

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

07. April 2020

A statement from the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef

The death of a QPWS Ranger following a shark attack near North West Island last night is devastating for the family, friends and colleagues of this young man.

The ranger network is like a family and we have lost a brother today.

I send my deepest condolences to his parents and loved ones.

Queensland Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.


Source: Qld. Government

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