'Big' Shark Grabs 10-year-old Boy from Fishing Boat, Drags Him into Water

A 10-year-old boy has survived after a shark pulled him out of a fishing boat off the northwest coast of Tasmania, an island state in Australia, on Friday, according to local emergency services.

The boy's father, who was in the 20-foot-long fishing boat at the time along with two other men, jumped into the water to save his son before the shark released him and swam away, ABC News reported.

The child was taken to North West Regional Hospital hospital on Friday afternoon where he received treatment for his injuries, which included cuts to his arms, chest and head. Medical staff say he is in a stable condition.

Ambulance Tasmania said the fishing vessel was about three miles offshore—near the town of Stanley—when the the sharked "grabbed him from the boat," the Australian Associated Press reported. At the time, the boy was wearing a life jacket, paramedics said.

Ben Allen, a local resident, witnessed the father, son and the two other men coming ashore, saying that one of his friends gave the boy first aid. According to Allen, eyewitnesses believed the shark was a great white, although this has not been officially confirmed.

"All the boys said [the shark] was big, I imagine it was very big. It is renowned for this time of year that they do go in that area," Allen told ABC. "The boys are saying [it was a] great white."

Allen said the boy was taken into a seafood shop while the party waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Tasmanian police issued a warning at around 2 p.m. local time that a "large shark" had been spotted just over six miles off the coast of Stanley, ABC News reported. They said that anyone taking part in marine activates should take "necessary precautions."

The incident in Tasmania is the latest in a series of injuries caused by sharks in Australia. On Tuesday, for example, a 29-year-old-woman was bitten on the leg near Fitzroy Island off the coast of northeast Australia.

"I still love sharks, sharks are beautiful," the woman, a shark documentary filmmaker, said as she was taken to hospital, The Australian Associated Press reported.

And last week, a 15-year-old boy died after being bitten while surfing off the north coast of New South Wales, The Guardian reported. This was the fifth fatal shark attack in Australia this year.

Australia has one of the highest incidences of shark attacks in the world, however, fatal incidents are still extremely rare. In fact, last year there were no fatal shark attacks in the country and only 11 non-fatal incidents, according to the International Shark Attack File. And over the past decade, most years have seen only one or two fatal incidents.

The headline of this article has been updated

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The fin of a great white shark on September 15, 2016. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images