Man injured after shark attack on Great Barrier Reef

  • Scuba diving teacher attacked a shark while working near the Great Barrier Reef
  •  The 55-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his chest, arms and abdomen
  •  Attack took place several kilometres from Murray Island in the Torres Strait
  • The man lost a significant amount of blood but is in a stable condition

A scuba diving teacher who was savaged by a shark near the Great Barrier Reef was stranded for five hours after poor weather hinderered rescue teams.

The 55-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his chest, shoulder, arms and abdomen in the attack at about 12.40pm Saturday, according to emergency services.

The incident took place dozens of kilometres east of Murray Island in the Torres Strait, where the boat skipper was rushed to receive medical attention, reports Sky News.

 A scuba diving teacher has been savaged by a shark several kilometres from Murray Island in the Torres Strait

A scuba diving teacher has been savaged by a shark several kilometres from Murray Island in the Torres Strait

It is believed weather conditions hindered a rescue helicopter from reaching the victim.

Fellow divers administered first aid until the rescue dive boat arrived at Murray Island about five hours later. 

The boat travelled 65 nautical miles (120km) to Murray Island - the nearest a medical centre.

The man lost a significant amount of blood in the attack.

He has since been stablised at a health facility on Murray Island.

More to come. 

The 55-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his chest, shoulder, arms and abdomen in the attack after being savaged by a shark (stock image)

The 55-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his chest, shoulder, arms and abdomen in the attack after being savaged by a shark (stock image)

 
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