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Australian Teen Killed in Shark Attack off Great Barrier Reef


While fishing near the Great Barrier Reef, a young man was fatally wounded in a shark attack. 

An 18-year-old man was spearfishing near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia when he was fatally wounded in a shark attack.

The shark attack happened just off Rudder Reef, near the tourist town of Port Douglas.

Greg Thiedecke, Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman, told reporters the man suffered massive injuries to his right upper arm, his right groin and his right upper leg. Thiedecke added that the man also suffered a heart attack, likely because of significant blood loss.

The man, who hailed from the nearby town of Mossman, was brought to shore by his friends and pronounced dead on arrival.

This is the first fatal shark attack in Australia since September, when a 50-year-old man was killed while swimming in Byron Bay. The location of that shark attack was about 1,000 miles south of Port Douglas.

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Australian Teen Killed in Shark Attack off Great Barrier Reef