On Monday, a 23-year-old man died after a shark near the Great Barrier Reef bit him while he was swimming with his colleagues off North West Island. The reports have been confirmed by the police department of Queensland, Australia.
The incident took place, while a group of people were heading back to their charter vessel. And the scene was later attended by a member of the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.
Following the unfortunate incident, leading news channels interacted with the Queensland Police department, and one of the officials in his statement said that before the victim could get transported to Gladstone Hospital, a doctor and paramedics reached the scene and treated the man on board the ship. His hip, hand and elbow were life-threateningly wounded, and just after 10 pm, he succumbed to the injuries, the police official added.
Our news sources had reported that the victim was on the North West Island when the incident took place, and he was with his colleagues to complete maintenance works as part of the QPWS essential works program. The man was working as a ranger for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
The relatives and friends of the victim reached to the social media platform to share their condolences for the unfortunate incident. One of the online statements reads, “Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the family, loved ones and friends of our dear colleague. Support has been organised for all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Besides this, the state premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, took the concerns to the Twitter to express her sympathy. She, in one of the statements over the social media platform, wrote:
“My sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and QPWS colleagues of the 23-year-old man who lost his life in a horrific shark attack off the Central Queensland coast overnight”.
North West Island is located about 46 kilometres off the coast of Gladstav region, Queensland, and is a common spot for walking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing. This is the third shark attack recorded on the Island since 30 December.