A fisherman killed by a shark in Australia

Un pĂȘcheur tuĂ© par un requin en Australie

A man died Saturday after being attacked by a shark while he was fishing with a harpoon off the east coast of Australia, police said.

The victim, 36-year-old, was bitten on a leg in the waters close to the popular destination Fraser Island, an island located about 400 kilometres north of Brisbane.

A nurse and a doctor tended to the man on the land before the arrival of the rescue, but he died from his injuries, according to police.

This is the fourth attack is fatal to a shark in Australia since the beginning of the year.

“This is a day very sad for our community”, has lamented on Facebook the mayor of Fraser Island George Seymour.

“Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of this young man,” he continued.

The police have not identified the species of sharks involved.

Fraser Island is “a key site of reproduction for migratory fish,” which attract the sharks, explained to the daily Courier Mail Daryl McPhee, associate professor of environmental science at Bond university.

“It is not surprising that there is a shark attack unprovoked there; perhaps it is more surprising that people go there to make the diving”, he stressed.

Last month, a surfer aged 60 years died after being attacked by a shark three metres to a hundred kilometres south of Brisbane.

Australia is one of the countries where the attacks of sharks are most common, but they are rarely life-threatening.

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