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Man rescued after shark attack

A man has been airlifted from a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef after a suspected shark attack. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,
A man has been airlifted from a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef after a suspected shark attack. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,

A man in his 20s attacked by a shark off a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef is being flown to hospital.

A rescue helicopter was sent to Clack Island off Queensland’s far north coast after the man was reportedly bitten by a shark on the upper arm shortly after midday.

A man has been airlifted from a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef after a suspected shark attack. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,
A man has been airlifted from a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef after a suspected shark attack. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,

Shortly after 5.30pm local time, the Queensland Ambulance Service reported the man had been picked up by the helicopter crew and was being taken to Cairns Hospital.

“The patient was treated by the flight team and is currently being flown to Cairns Hospital stable with deep puncture wounds,” the ambulance service stated.

A man has been airlifted from a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef after a suspected shark attack. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,
The man is in a stable condition and will be taken to Cairns. Picture: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance Service,

Access to the island, also known as Ngurromo, is restricted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to “protect cultural resources”.

It is known for its rugged shore and escarpments.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched to Clack Island after a man was reportedly bitten by a shark. Picture: Supplied
Clack Island is one of several islands that comprise the Flinders Group National Park. Picture: Supplied

Only Flinders Island People are allowed to freely enter onto the island, with anyone else wishing to visit requiring a permit or written approval.