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Swimmer fights for life after being mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef

Swimmer fights for life after being mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef

  • A man in his 20s was attacked while swimming off North West Island after 5pm
  • He suffered leg injuries and was flown to Gladstone Hospital in critical condition
  • The incident is the third shark attack in the region in just over three months

A swimmer was mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef on Monday afternoon.

A man in his 20s was attacked while swimming off North West Island just after 5pm.

He suffered serious leg injuries in the attack and was flown to Gladstone Hospital in a critical condition.

A rescue helicopter with critical care paramedics was dispatched from Rockhampton after the attack.

A swimmer was mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef on Monday afternoon (stock image)

A paramedic was dropped to the beach and taken to the victim on a boat, before both were winched back to the helicopter.

The man was reportedly on a boat that was moored off shore from North West Island.

The incident is the third shark attack in the area in just over three months.  

A nine-year-old girl was bitten on the the back of her leg by a suspected lemon shark near the island on January 8, while a 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg by a shovelnose shark off the island on December 30.

He suffered serious leg injuries in the attack and was flown in a rescue helicopter with critical care paramedics to Gladstone Hospital in a serious condition

He suffered serious leg injuries in the attack and was flown in a rescue helicopter with critical care paramedics to Gladstone Hospital in a serious condition

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