A LENNOX Head woman has been attacked by a 3m shark while working for professional treasure hunters in Tonga.
Kylie Maguire has worked on Ice for four months, a boat owned by wreck-hunting company Tonga Blue. This year the company has been working with the Tongan Government to uncover the area’s “hidden maritime past”.
The 29-year-old is an experienced diver, surfer, photographer and conservationist.
Kylie’s father, Mike Maguire, yesterday told The Northern Star he was told on Monday afternoon his daughter had been attacked by a shark while swimming with another woman, Kim Hands.
“Kylie told me that she didn’t see the shark, but it hit hard on her thighs and buttocks,” he said.
“She was fighting it … she doesn’t really remember what happened next but then she was back in the kayak.”
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,
It was possibly a bull shark.
Unfortunately Kylie has taken a turn for the worse and her woulds have gotten infected. Keep her in your prayers fellow treasure hunters.