A swimmer has been fatally crushed by a shark while attempting to board his boat off the coast of Australia.
Hook, 34, was enjoying a dip off the island when he was mercilessly set off by a sea hunter.
After the attack took place just after 6.30 pm local time on Friday, doctors told him he was lucky that he was alive.
He was attempting to drag himself back to his boat via a ladder when the sea animal repeatedly slammed his mighty jaw into his left leg.
The swimmer managed to escape and found himself covered in blood back to the boat where he was assisted by the crew and they called for help.
Sailing to nearby Hamilton Island, he stopped the bleeding for 30 minutes before he was transferred to the care of paramedics.
The man from Middlemount was taken by CQ rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital, where he is recovering from his pain.
He was described as “in good spirits” and “philosopher” about the attack.
Hook Island is known as a popular hunting site for tiger sharks – a species second only to the great white in terms of fatal attacks on humans.
Tiger sharks can grow up to 16 feet 5 inches in length and have distinctive stripes down their bodies – from which apex predators get their name.
However, the species of shark in this latest molting has not yet been identified.
CQ Rescue officials said the swimmer did not see the shark approaching and only realized what happened we felt a “bump” against our leg.
And then he was wounded by the beast, which went down into his thigh and shin – leaving deep wounds.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Acting Senior Operations Supervisor Julian Ryalf said: “QAS received a call for assistance from a ship about 45 minutes away.
“He was bitten by a shark in his left leg, thigh and shin; the wounds were deep enough to require stitches.”
He said that by the time paramedics arrived at the scene, the onlookers did “excellently” at helping the man, reports abc.
“The patient was in really good condition … conscious, alert and in good condition,” Ms Ryalf said.
Shark bites of any kind are taken very seriously, and the consequences can be quite serious.
Peter Gleason of QAS
QAS officer Peter Gleason warned that the situation could have been much worse and the victim was lucky she was alive and receiving “multiple bites”.
He said: “Shark bites of any type are taken very seriously, and the consequences can be quite serious.
“However, in this instance, it looks like the patient was actually very lucky.”
The medic warned that the attack highlighted the potential danger from sharks while swimming at sunset.
Mr Gleason said: “It is well known that shark bites and shark feeding times are usually at that time of day.
“So to say that this was a contributing factor in the attack is fair.
“Shark attacks are an extremely rare event.”
However, it has previously been suggested that multiple bites may have indicated that the shark was attempting to hunt human prey.
Shark attacks are usually single bites because curious animals use their jaws to probe for unusual things in their environment.
Moultings are also often a case of mistaken identity as they hunt seals and other prey.
Dr Blake Chapman, a marine biologist who investigated shark neuroscience for his PhD, told Guardian Australia Several bites in the past year may suggest something else.
She said: “This year in some cases it seems that the shark has hung more than once, which is unusual behavior for great white sharks.
“When they bite more than once it is more likely to be fatal because there is more blood loss.”
And two years ago, a Brit tourist lost his leg in a shark attack while he was snorkeling near Hook Island.
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