Spearfisherman killed in shark attack

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Posted by on December 11, 2004 at 11:09:54:

In Reply to: Man dies in horror shark attack (Queensland Australia) posted by on December 11, 2004 at 11:07:49:

A 38-year-old Queensland man died yesterday after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing near Cairns.

The man, from Clifton Beach, a suburb of Cairns, was attacked about 1 pm while on a fishing trip to Opal Reef with two mates.

Police spokeswoman Kim McCoomb said the man had been in the water, about 60 metres away, when his two companions in the boat heard him scream.

"They also saw that he was vertical in the water," she said.

"So they up-anchored the boat, went straight over him, saw he was in a three-metre pool of blood, pulled him into the boat and called an ambulance.

"A medical crew was sent by helicopter to the scene, but he died a short time later of extensive injuries to his upper left leg."

Sergeant McCoomb said the boat was then taken back to Yorkeys Knob while the dead man's body was flown straight to Cairns, 17 kilometres further south.

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