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04/07/2020 - Zachary Robba 23 yr - Australia - *** Fatal ***

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Wildlife ranger, 23, who was killed in a shark attack while swimming with friends off the Great Barrier Reef

Zachary Robba, 23, died on Monday after being horrifically mauled by a shark
A wildlife ranger who was fatally mauled by a shark off the Great Barrier Reef has been named as 23-year-old Zachary Robba.

He had been enjoying working at his 'dream job' on the southern Barrier Reef with a group of rangers when he was attacked on Monday afternoon.

His former school, Iona College in Brisbane, paid tribute to Mr Robba, saying he had been loving his 'dream job and embracing all that it entailed'.

The experienced swimmer died in hospital on Monday night a few hours after he was bitten off North West Island, 75km northeast of Gladstone in Queensland.

He suffered severe injuries to leg, hand and elbow during the attack.

A family friend told Daily Mail Australia that Zachary was 'dedicated' to his work and described his mate as a 'down-to-earth legend'.

'Zac was someone who was loved by all, a dedicated parks and wildlife officer who embraced everything that came at him,' he said.

'Zac was a easy going, down-to-earth legend of a bloke.

'Every time we saw him he brought laughter and a sense of mateship to a crowd. He has left a legacy in everybody’s hearts who knew him. May he rest in peace.'

His school paid tribute to its former student, saying they had a 'Zach shaped hole in their heart'.

'At this difficult time, we keep all Ionians in our prayers who are affected by this very sad loss,' a statement read.

'Every one of us has a Zach shaped hole in our heart. And each shape is unique.

'At the appropriate time we will be available to welcome all Old Boys to gather safely and give thanks for Zach's life.

'Our faith asks us to believe that death is a comma, not a full stop. Zach joins our Old Boy Ionians in eternal life.'

Police say the victim and other rangers decided to go for a swim off the back of their boat, after spending the day doing maintenance work on the island.

The victim's colleagues were ahead of him and had already reached the vessel when the sharked struck.

'They would have witnessed the attack,' Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Anderson told reporters on Tuesday.

'There were four people swimming off the back of a boat, cooling down after a day's work.'

It's not clear what kind of shark was involved.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has paid tribute to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officer, sending condolences to his grieving family.

'A lot of his work colleagues, I understand, were very upset today,' she told reporters.

Mr Robba suffered extensive injuries to his leg and arm, and despite surviving an emergency flight he later died in Gladstone Hospital.

The attack took place near North West Island (pictured) which is in the Capricornia Cays National Park in the Great Barrier Reef

Monday's attack was the third at North West Island in just over three months.

In January, a nine-year-old girl was attacked by a shark, suffering a bite wound to the back of her leg, and puncture wounds to her foot.

A lemon shark was suspected of that attack.

In late December a shovelnose shark bit a man in shallow waters at North West Island.

He suffered minor injuries to his right hand and leg.

There have also been a series of other shark attacks on the Great Barrier Reef over the past 18 months.

Last October two British backpackers were attacked while snorkelling at Hook Island in the Whitsundays. One of the men lost his foot.

In March last year, a 25-year-old man suffered serious thigh injuries when a shark attacked him at Hardy Reef, near Hamilton island, which is also in the Whitsunday Islands chain.

Those attacks followed another fatality in November 2018, when Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, was killed at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island.

A swimmer was mauled by a monster shark off the Great Barrier Reef on Monday afternoon (stock image)

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AUS: Fatal shark bite at the Great Barrier Reef
Media Release
Queensland Police
07. April 2020

Fatal shark bite, Gladstone

A 23-year-old man has died following a fatal shark bite in waters off North West Island yesterday.

The man was swimming with a group of friends and as he was swimming back to their charter vessel, he was bitten by a shark.

A doctor and paramedics responded to the scene and treated the man on board the vessel before he was transported to Gladstone Hospital.

The man sustained life-threatening injuries to his leg, hand and elbow. He succumbed to those injuries just after 10pm.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Source: Qld. Police

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Media Statement
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
07. April 2020

A statement from the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef

The death of a QPWS Ranger following a shark attack near North West Island last night is devastating for the family, friends and colleagues of this young man.

The ranger network is like a family and we have lost a brother today.

I send my deepest condolences to his parents and loved ones.

Queensland Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Source: Qld. Government

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