The last Fraser Coast shark at­tack

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

"GOD, Doug, I'm done." Those were the last words spo­ken by 19-year-old Alf Gass­man who was killed by a shark in Her­vey Bay on De­cem­ber 5, 1922.

The shark tore out al­most the whole of his right side from the armpit to the thigh and as deep as the spine, the Mary­bor­ough Chron­i­cle re­ported at the time. Mr Gass­man, hol­i­day­ing at the Bay from near Childers, was to have re­turned home the Sat­ur­day be­fore the Tues­day at­tack but had de­cided at the last minute to stay an ex­tra few days. The shark kept cir­cling the vicin­ity for an hour or so af­ter the at­tack, com­ing in quite close to the shore on four oc­ca­sions to the spot where it had bit­ten the boy. Sev­eral lines were thrown out and one man waded in and fired four shots into the shark with no ap­par­ent ef­fect.

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