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Fisherman attacked by tiger shark

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 15/11/2018 Luke Cooper

A fisherman on a kayak has been attacked by a shark off a beach south of the Sunshine Coast.

The man is believed to have been in the ocean about one-and-a-half kilometres from the coast off Moffat Beach when the shark pierced the inflatable kayak.

Tiger Beach, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas © Stephen Frink Tiger Beach, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

While the outer rim of the kayak lost air in the attack, 9News understands the inner rim of the vessel was still inflated - preventing it from sinking.

a man swimming in a body of water: A Queensland kayaker has been rescued after being attacked by a 4.5m tiger shark - similar to this one - off the coast of Moffat Beach, south of the Sunshine Coast. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A Queensland kayaker has been rescued after being attacked by a 4.5m tiger shark - similar to this one - off the coast of Moffat Beach, south of the Sunshine Coast.

A Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) spokesperson told 9News.com.au that an emergency call was received around 6.50am and lifesavers on jet skis were able to rescue the man after he was knocked out of the kayak by the shark.

The man managed to climb back into the vessel, which had been turned upside down, and radio for help from the Queensland coast guard before the lifesavers reached him.

9News understands the fisherman told SLSQ that when he got back into the kayak, the shark was still hanging onto one end of the vessel, but let go in an attempt to bite him.

a small boat in a body of water: The fisherman told Surf Life Saving Queensland officers that when he attempted to climb back onto his kayak, the shark still had a hold of it but let go to try and bite him. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The fisherman told Surf Life Saving Queensland officers that when he attempted to climb back onto his kayak, the shark still had a hold of it but let go to try and bite him.

He said the shark then circled the kayak for a short time before swimming away. 

"He was having a paddle out to sea, and fishing, and yeah unfortunately out of the blue a shark has just attacked his kayak and latched onto it, throwing him out," one of the rescuers, lifesaver Jacob Thomson told AAP.

"The shark still had its jaw on his kayak, which was upside down. But he's managed to flip it and at some point the shark has let go.

a man riding a board on a body of water: The man was transported back to shore by SLSQ jet skis but was not taken to hospital. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The man was transported back to shore by SLSQ jet skis but was not taken to hospital.

"But it was starting to sink, there was only small pocket of air holding it afloat. The shark continued to circle him for some time until we got there."

Local authorities have reported that an estimated 4.5-metre tiger shark was responsible for the attack.

A Queensland coast guard team has been dispatched in an attempt to locate the shark.

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The kayaker was treated for signs of shock after returning to the beach but was not transported to hospital.

Mr Thomson was the one who spotted the paddler, using a pair of binoculars to scour the glary sea from his vantage point on Moffat headland.

"He was a long way out. The sun was beaming on the water and I was really struggling to find him. But I managed to spot him, a little speck floating up and down. It wasn't easy," he said.

the side of a road: The attack comes as the seventh shark encounter incident in just under 60 days - three of which were in the Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays Islands. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The attack comes as the seventh shark encounter incident in just under 60 days - three of which were in the Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays Islands.

"It's lucky he had that radio with him, otherwise I think we'd be talking about something different this morning."

A police vessel has also since retrieved the kayak from the ocean.

The incident comes as the seventh serious shark attack around the country in just under 60 days.

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An urgent meeting was held last week in Queensland to address the spate of attacks, after three of the incidents occurred in the Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays Islands.

In one of the attacks, 33-year-old Victorian urologist Daniel Christidis was killed after being mauled by a shark on the first day of a yachting holiday he was on with family and friends.

With AAP.

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