The last Fraser Coast shark attack
"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.