Six-foot bull shark lands in family’s fishing boat

Six-foot bull shark lands in family’s fishing boat

A family in Queensland received quite a shock when a six-foot bull shark landed in their boat. Ken Madsen and his grandson Jake were loading their boat up when they heard a commotion on the Proserpine River October 12. “Me and pop thought they must have caught a pretty decent fish when we saw the water splashing about,” Jake told 9News. As the two looked towards the small aluminum type boat, they realized a six-foot bull shark was in the boat flopping around. A father and his children, who were…

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Australian fisherman bitten by shark he caught

Queensland fisherman was bitten by a shark

A Queensland fisherman was bitten by a shark he was trying to reel in after catching it. On October 8,  a 55-year-old hooked a large reef shark off Swains Reef, near the Yeppoon Coast. The angler, called Mozzie by his friends, was with a charter group and in a small tender boat as he tried to reel in the shark. As he attempted to haul the shark on board around 5 p.m., he slipped and went overboard with the shark in tow. “Mozzie thought he could bloody wrangle it in…

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Three shark bites reported in Florida

Two surfers and one swimmer have been bitten by sharks in Florida. The first incident occurred September 8 off Fort Pierce Inlet when a man in his mid-60s was bitten on the leg. The unidentified man received a serious wound between his knee and ankle. He was transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital and was originally listed in serious condition. The species of shark that bit him has not been identified; however, local sources indicate bull sharks have been spotted in the area. A second minor shark bite…

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Teen bitten by shark in Southern California

Teen bitten by shark in Southern California

A teen who was diving for lobster was bitten by a shark off the coast of Encinitas, California. Keane Hayes and his church youth group were in the area for opening of lobster season at 6 a.m. September 29. The 13-year-old was around 200 yards off Beacon’s Beach in about nine feet of water when an estimated 10- to 11-foot shark, most likely a great white, grabbed his upper body. Chad Hammel, who was lobstering with the group, heard Hayes’ scream. At first, he thought someone had captured a large…

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Fatal shark attack in Jamaica; nonfatal attack in Bahamas

Two spearfishers have suffered injuries from shark bites, one of which was fatal. Nicholas Malcolm, 43, of Pineapple, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, went fishing with a friend off James Bond Beach in Jamaica September 19. After he went missing, a search of the area where he was last seen turned up shark-bitten pieces of his diver’s gear. “It [his gear] was torn up real bad, a piece of the chest, it had the impression that the shark has taken a piece of his chest. Because the impression shows of the…

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Twelve-year-old girl bitten by shark hours after adult mauled

Twelve-year-old girl bitten by shark hours after adult mauled

A twelve-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in the same area a 46-year-old was bitten. Hannah Papps was boating with her father and sister off Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia September 20. As Papps was swimming she was bitten on the upper leg near the groin area. Emergency response teams notified the ACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue service who dispatched a helicopter to collect the child at around 1:43 p.m. ACQ CQ arrived on scene landing the helicopter on the beach and retrieved the girl from…

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Swimmer mauled by shark in Queensland

Swimmer mauled by shark in Queensland

A Tasmanian woman was mauled by a shark in Queensland while swimming near a yacht. Justine Barwick, 46, was swimming at Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island’s Sawmill Bay around 5:00 p.m. September 19 when a shark grabbed her upper right leg. She was pulled out of the water and onto a larger vessel which had a doctor on board. “The shark had taken a huge chunk out of her inside leg and she was bleeding out,” RACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue crewman Ben McCauley told ABC News. “The people on scene…

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