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  • Updated: September 06, 2023

Three Sailors Rescued From Shark Attacks In Australia

Three Sailors Rescued From Shark Attacks In Australia

A 26-year-old man was wounded following a shark bite attack in Shelly Beach, along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

In a harrowing maritime ordeal off the northeastern coast of Australia, a catamaran carrying three sailors, including two Russians and one French citizen, fell prey to shark attacks that tore sections from their inflatable vessel.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) orchestrated a daring rescue operation, saving the lives of these adventurers who were left stranded in the vast expanse of the Coral Sea.

This dramatic incident unfolded early Wednesday, some 835 kilometres (519 miles) southeast of Cairns, leaving the sailors' vessel severely damaged and raising questions about the motivations of these oceanic predators.

Amid the crystal waters of the Coral Sea, a catastrophe unfolded as sharks attacked a nine-meter (30-foot) catamaran.

The sailors, aged between 28 and 64, had embarked on a challenging journey from the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu to Cairns, covering a distance of over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles).

Their distress call, sent through an emergency beacon, became their lifeline in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The clock was ticking as their vessel faced destruction.

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