In a video shared by Australian publication The Age, she can be heard screaming, “I still love sharks. Sharks are beautiful, ”as they passed journalists to a medical helicopter that took her to the Cairns hospital.
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The CBA says the unidentified filmmaker is in stable condition now, but has suffered injuries to the lower left leg as well as a broken ankle.
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Tyler Cumming, a paramedic who treated her, said she had “a little bit of pain, but managed to control it.”
“She only saw (the shark) for a few seconds and therefore could not identify it,” he told the CBA. “She was relaxing on Fitzroy Island. She’s actually… making a documentary on sharks and it’s her day off today. “
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Island staff provided first aid to the woman until emergency services arrived, said Glen Macdonald, CEO of Fitzroy Island Resort, adding that she was “in a good mood”.
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“She was laughing with the staff and when questioned, she said that she did not know what had caused the injury,” he added.
The South Pacific has had a few shark attacks, some fatal, in the past nine days.
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On Saturday, a 15-year-old boy died after being bitten by a shark while surfing in New South Wales. A week earlier, a 36-year-old man died after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing off Fraser Island.
Macdonald told ABC he has never heard of a shark attack on Fitzroy Island in the past.
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