Woman survives Gold Coast shark attack

A 29-YEAR-OLD woman has claimed to have survived a bull shark attack after falling into a deep Gold Cost canal.

Bianca Freeman says she was bitten on the leg after falling off a pontoon and into the Surfers Paradise canal around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Her friends frantically pulled her out of the water and she was rushed to a medical centre by ambulance where she received 20 stitches to close a severe leg wound.


Nine Gold Coast News had images of the injury analysed by shark experts who confirmed the bite to be consistent to that from a 1.2m bull shark, aged around four years.

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Bianca required 20 stitches to close the shark bite on her upper leg. IMAGE: Nine News

“There was so much blood, the outfit I was wearing was completely covered in blood. It looked like something out of a horror movie,” Bianca told Nine News.

“I was in shock the next day, I couldn’t even think about it, the thought of it happening made me feel sick and shaken up.”

The last shark attack recorded on the Gold Coast was over a decade ago, when an 84-year-old man was attacked by a 2.5m bull shark while swimming in Burleigh Lake on February 8, 2003.

The last fatal incident to rock Surfers Paradise was back in 1958 when a 21-year-old tourist was killed about 250m off shore.