A swimmer has died after being mauled by a shark while swimming with a group of friends off the Great Barrier Reef.
The man, 23, was attacked off North West Island in the reef’s south just after 5pm on Monday while swimming back to the group’s charter boat and suffered extensive leg, hand and elbow injuries.
He was flown to Gladstone Hospital in a critical condition but died from his injuries about 10pm.
A swimmer was mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef on Monday afternoon (stock image)
A rescue helicopter with critical care paramedics had been dispatched from Rockhampton after the attack.
A paramedic was dropped to the beach and taken to the victim on a boat, before both were winched back to the helicopter.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
The incident is the third shark attack in the area in just over three months.
A nine-year-old girl was bitten on the the back of her leg by a suspected lemon shark near the island on January 8, while a 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg by a shovelnose shark off the island on December 30.
He suffered serious leg injuries in the attack and was flown in a rescue helicopter with critical care paramedics to Gladstone Hospital in a serious condition