A teenage boy was killed near Australia’s northeast coast on Monday after he was attacked by a shark. The 17-year-old was swimming near a reef when the shark attack occurred. He was bitten on the upper thigh, right arm and groin area and suffered tremendous blood loss.
The teenager was rescued by a boat and brought to shore where the Queensland Ambulance Service was waiting to take him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the boy went into cardiac arrest a short time after the attack and had already lost too much blood by the time he made it to shore.
The hospital was unable to save the teenager and he was pronounced dead a short time after he was pulled from the water.
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We received a call about a 17-year-old with a serious upper thigh injury. A boat brought him in but he didn’t survive.
The area where the attack occurred is a popular place for diving and spear fishing. The teenager was believed to have been spear fishing when he was attacked.
Shark attacks are becoming more common in Australia and experts believe it is due to the increase in water sports.
In September, another man was killed by a shark in Australia, near Byron Bay, 1,000 miles south of the recent attack. Another teenager lost both of his arms in a shark attack that occurred near a beach in Western Australia. The boy was attacked while surfing.
A local man, Col McKenzie, who heads the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, said that he was not aware of any other attack happening in the area but did recall an attack that took place at the nearby Opal Reef almost exactly 10 years ago.
It is not known what type of shark was responsible for the attack and death of the teen.