Canberra — Officials say an 11-year-old boy is in a stable condition in hospital after he was attacked by a shark on the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian east coast.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Brad Lawson says the boy was attacked by a black tipped reef shark on Tuesday afternoon as he waded off a beach at the Heron Island tourist resort northeast of the coastal town of Gladstone.
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Officials have not released the victim's name or commented on media reports that he is an Italian tourist on vacation with his family.
He sustained a significant injury to his right calf.
He was flown to Gladstone Hospital, where an official described his condition as stable. The official declined to give her name, citing health department policy.