Shark mauls diver

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY: An Aus­tralian scuba diver, 55, mauled by a shark on the north­ern-most sec­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef, had to wait more than eight hours for treat­ment.

He was cap­tain of a div­ing boat and is now in hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day Is­land in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The at­tack came at mid­day on Satur­day in a re­mote area off the coast of Queens­land, near Mur­ray Is­land in the Tor­res Strait.

The man suf­fered sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant bites and lac­er­a­tions to the ab­domen, chest and hand in the shark at­tack and lost a lot of blood.

The diver was then dragged on board the div­ing boat and re­ceived first aid, be­fore be­ing trans­ported to Mur­ray Is­land, where a res­cue he­li­copter moved him to Thurs­day Is­land, af­ter ini­tially hav­ing to turn back due to storms. – dpa

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