Press Release

Queensland Police Service Media

02. April 2017

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Shark attack, Moreton Bay

A Sunshine Coast man has had a lucky escape after a shark bit off the back of his kayak in Moreton Bay this afternoon.

The 39-year-old man was paddling towards Mud Island in a group of 9 people when his kayak was attacked and began to sink around 8 kilometres east of Woody Point.

Water Police responded to the man’s Triple 0 call and were able to track his location by using incoming aircraft to Brisbane Airport.

The man was rescued by water police just before 4pm and his damaged (formally) 6.5 metre kayak was also recovered from the water, sporting a large hole from where the shark had bitten into it.

The man from Maroochydore was returned to his vehicle at Bulimba Point uninjured although quite shaken and glad to be out of the water.

Sergeant Gordon Thiry from Brisbane Water Police said it was very fortunate they were able to find the man in time.

“We would encourage anyone heading out on the water to always wear a life jacket, carry an EPIRB and make sure you let someone else know where you’re travelling to and how long it will take,” he said.

Source: QPS