- The Washington Times - Monday, December 15, 2014

An 18-year-old Australian man was killed during a shark attack Monday while spearfishing on the Great Barrier Reef, police said.

The man’s name was not released. But he was from the nearby town of Mossman, The Associated Press reported.

He was reportedly fishing with friends off Rudder Reef when a shark bit him. His friends brought him back to the shore, but he was pronounced dead shortly after, with massive injuries to his upper right leg, right groin and right upper arm, AP reported.

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Queensland state ambulance service spokesman Greg Thiedecke said the man also suffered a heart attack, likely brought on by massive blood loss, AP reported.

In September, a 50-year-old swimmer was killed in Australia waters, too, albeit 1,000 miles to the south.

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