INJURED – 10 September 2012 – Vava’u, Tonga – diver attacked
Treasure hunter Kylie Maguire, 29, suffered serious wounds to her buttocks and thighs from a shark attack in waters off Tonga.
Doctors who treated Kylie in Tonga estimated the length of the shark to be 3m, with teeth about 25mm across and a 40-45cm bite circumference. The shark is thought to be a bull shark.
The incident occurred on Monday 10 September 2012.
The captain of the treasure seeking boat said Kylie had paddled off with a friend in an inflatable kayak from the anchored boat near the Treasure Island Resort in Vava’u about 4pm. The shark attack occurred shortly after this. It is not clear if she was swimming or diving when the attack occurred.
She was treated initially at a hospital in Tonga and then airlifted to Brisbane for further treatment after one of the wounds became infected.