Queensland man mauled by shark while fishing

A Queensland man's afternoon fishing trip has taken turn for the worse after he was mauled by a shark off the coast of Fraser Island, Australia.

An oceanic whitetip shark. Source:

The man in his 50s was fishing in a boat around 35 kilometres offshore around 3.30pm today (local time) when he hooked a whitetip shark.

When he went to free the animal from his line, the man was bitten on the arm. His fishing buddies helped free him from the shark's jaws.

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The man was then taken to shore and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition, with significant injuries to his hands.

The incident is the latest in a series of recent shark encounters in Australian waters, coming just over a week after 46-year-old Nick Slater was fatally mauled by a great white on the Gold Coast.