Man mauled by shark on Great Barrier Reef

James Marshall
April 8, 2020

A shark fatally mauled a 23-year-old wildlife worker in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia this week.

Queensland Police said the man was swimming with a group of friends off North West Island, and was on the way back to their charter vessel when he was bitten by a shark on Monday.

"Once again a family is out there, is grieving for a young man who tragically has lost his life in a horrific shark attack", Ms Palaszczuk said.

"My understanding is he was employed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service", the premier told reporters on Tuesday.

"A lot of his work colleagues I understand are very upset today". He suffered injuries to his leg and arm and died a few hours later at a hospital.

A police report is now being prepared for the coroner.

Iona's Father Michael Twigg said Robba was a ranger with the Queensland Park and Wildlife Service, and that he was working with other rangers on research and essential maintenance when the attack occurred.

The incident marks the third reported shark attack in the area since December 30, according to Australia's 7 News.

In early January, a nine-year-old girl was attacked by a shark off the same island. Days before, a 30-year-old man was bitten in the leg and sustained minor injuries.

According to CBS, there have been at least three shark attacks on the Great Barrier Reef over the past 18 months.

North West Island, a popular spot for walking, diving, snorkeling and fishing, is located about 46 miles off the coast of the city of Gladstone, Queensland. One of the victims lost his foot.

Those attacks followed another fatality in November 2018, when Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, was killed at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island.

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