Fisherman seriously injured by shark off Australian coast

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " A fisherman was seriously injured when a shark bit his hand on Tuesday near the Australian coast, an official said.

The man aged in his 70s was alone in a boat off Queenscliff, southwest of Melbourne in Victoria state, when he was bitten by a 1.5-meter (five-foot) shark, Ambulance Victoria paramedic team manager Brad Pole said in a statement.

The ambulance service would not comment on an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report that the man had caught the shark and was bitten as he attempted to pull it into the boat.

The man drove the boat two kilometers (1.2 miles) to a marina to find help. He was flown by helicopter a Melbourne hospital in a serious condition, the statement said.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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