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Fisherman seriously injured after shark attack in Victoria

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The man has been flown to Melbourne for treatment. Photo: AAP.
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A fisherman has serious hand injuries after being bitten by a shark he pulled onto his boat at Victoria’s Queenscliff.

Police said the man was fishing in his boat in Port Phillip Bay, east of Geelong, when he pulled in the 1.5-metre shark — believed to be a broadnose sevengill shark — about 11:00am.

The shark bit the 73-year-old man, seriously injuring his right arm and hand.

Police Sergeant Michael Knight told ABC Statewide Drive that the man was injured when he pulled the shark into his boat using a gaff, which is a metal pole with a sharp end.

“The gaff slipped down in the throat of the shark and his right hand followed the gaff down the shark’s mouth,” he said.

“[The shark] bit down and unfortunately as he pulled his arm free he received some very serious injuries to his hand and lower arm.”

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The shark after he landed it on his boat. Photo: ABC

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Brad Pole said the shark was described as being about five feet long.

“He drove his boat two kilometres back to the marina where paramedics were waiting for him,” Mr Pole said.

The man lost a lot of blood but was conscious when paramedics arrived.

He was flown to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne for treatment and is listed as being in a stable condition.

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