BREAKING: Man is left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark at popular spear fishing spot on the Great Barrier Reef
- A man has been attacked by a shark at Britomart Reef on the Great Barrier Reef
- The victim was airlifted to Townsville University Hospital in a critical condition
- Seven Australians have been killed in shark attacks throughout 2020
A man has been attacked by a shark on the Great Barrier Reef.
He was airlifted to Townsville University Hospital after being bitten at Britomart Reef at Lucinda around 12.20pm on Sunday, Queensland Ambulance says.
The area, off the north Queensland coast about 150km north of Townsville, is a popular spear fishing location.
The man was bitten on the upper leg and is in a critical condition.
A man is in a critical condition after he was attacked by a shark on the Great Barrier Reef. Pictured: a rescue helicopter on its way to the scene
Seven Australians have been killed in shark attacks this year.
The death toll rose when father-of-two Andrew Sharpe was killed by a shark while surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance on WA’s south coast, on October 9.
Experts believe a La Niña weather event is creating cooler water temperatures that are favoured by great white sharks, which have killed several victims this year, and drawing them closer to shore.
The first fatal shark attack of the year came when diver Gary Johnson, 57, was killed by a great white shark while diving with his wife near Esperance in WA in January.
Esperance is a hot spot for shark attacks as Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was also killed by a great white while surfing near the WA town in 2017.
Wildlife ranger Zachary Robba, 23, was then mauled to death by a shark while swimming off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland in April.
There have been seven Australians killed in shark attacks this year (stock image)
Another great white shark killed surfer Rob Pedretti, 60, at Salt Beach near Kingscliff in far northern NSW in June.
Spearfisher Matthew Tratt, 36, was mauled to death by a suspected great white shark on Fraser Island in Queensland in July.
Later in July, surfer Mani Hart-Deville, 15, was catching waves when he was killed by a suspected great white shark at Wooli Beach, near Grafton on the NSW North Coast.
Another surfer, Nick Slater, 46, was mauled to death by a suspected great white at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast in September.
More to come.