Teen killed in shark attack in Australia

Ruth Doherty



Teen killed in shark attack in Australia
Teen killed in shark attack in Australia



A teenager has been killed by a shark while spearfishing on a reef off Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia.

Daniel Smith, 18, had gone fishing with friends at Rudder Reef. The group tried to perform CPR on him while frantically trying to get him back to shore, but he was pronounced dead when they arrived back at Port Douglas.

The attack occurred at around 11.30am on Monday morning.

According to The Guardian, Queensland ambulance service executive operations manager Greg Thiedecke said that Smith went into cardiac arrest immediately after he was attacked and likely died shortly after from severe blood loss.

He said: "It would be speculating but (there are) a lot of large blood vessels in the groin area, so for him to go into cardiac arrest that quickly would be probably blood loss."

Thiedecke said Daniel sustained massive injuries to his right upper leg, right groin and right upper arm.

According to the Brisbane Times, he added: "You're twice as likely to get killed in a vending machine accident than a shark bite.

"One in 8000 people will have a car accident while one in about 300 million will get a shark bite."

Rudder Reef is a popular hotspot for Great Barrier Reef spearfishing.

This year so far there has now been four fatal shark attacks in Australia, with the last being a British ex-pat who was attacked in Byron Bay.



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