The shark swam when the boy’s father jumped into the water, but the boy suffered lacerations on his body, the Tasmanian ambulance said Friday.
He is in stable condition after the incident, which took place off Stanley, on the northwest coast of Tasmania.
“The boy, from the northwest, was on a six-meter vessel on a fishing expedition about five kilometers from shore with his father and two other men when a shark caught him from the boat” , authorities said.
“The boy’s father jumped into the water how far the shark swam,” they added. “The boy, who was wearing a personal flotation device, suffered lacerations on his arm and other cuts to his chest and head. “
Anika Craney, 29, was attacked on Tuesday while swimming off Fitzroy Island near Cairns, CNN affiliate Nine News reported. She was on filming for a shark documentary when she was attacked and is now recovering in hospital.
A 15-year-old boy died in an alleged shark attack while surfing in New South Wales, police said on Saturday, the fifth fatal shark attack in Australia this year.
Earlier in July, a 36-year-old man in the Australian state of Queensland died after being attacked by a shark during spearfishing. And in June, a shark killed a 60-year-old surfer in Salt Beach near Kingscliff on the north coast of New South Wales.