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Young boy saved from 3.6-metre shark by heroic dad and his life jacket

[July 30, 2020: The Guardian]



A boy who was grabbed by a shark from a boat off Tasmania’s north-west coast has suffered arm, head and chest injuries.


The 10-year-old was taken to hospital on Friday afternoon following the attack near Stanley.


“The boy ... was aboard a six-metre vessel on a fishing expedition about 5km from shore with his father and two other men when a shark grabbed him from the boat,” Ambulance Tasmania said in a statement.


The boy’s father jumped into the water and the shark swam away, the statement said.


The boy was wearing a life jacket at the time of the attack. He suffered cuts and is reported to be in a stable condition.


A few hours before the attack police had issued a shark warning for the area.

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“Please be advised there has been a large shark sighted in the Stanley area,” they warned.


“If swimming or undertaking fishing and other marine activities please take necessary precautions.”


According to the Australian Shark Attack File, maintained by the Taronga Conservation Society, the last injury from a shark bite in Tasmania was in 2012.


Friday’s incident is the latest in a string of shark attacks in Australian waters....MORE