The man was spearfishing in Indian Head waters when he was bitten by a shark.
The man was injured in the leg. A doctor and nurse tried to save his life on the beach, but he died around 4:30 p.m. local time.
Saturday’s attack marked the fourth shark-related death in Australia this year. In April, Queensland ranger Zachary Robba, 23, was killed by a great white shark also near Indian Head.
60-year-old surfer died in June after being bitten by a great white shark in New South Wales, while 57-year-old diver died in January from shark attack off the state of Western Australia.
In a post on his official Facebook, the mayor of the Fraser Coast, George Seymour, said it was an “extremely sad day” for the local community.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this young man. The loss of a young life with its future ahead is a tragedy beyond words and we share their sadness and sorrow, ”said Seymour.
Shark attacks are incredibly rare, not only in Australia but around the world. According to the Australian Museum, you are more likely to be struck by lightning in Australia or killed in a car accident than to be attacked by a shark.
Each year, less than 10 people a year on average worldwide die from shark attacks, according to the Australian Institute of Marine Science.