Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Man dies in third shark attack off Australian island in seven weeks

Man dies in third shark attack off Australian island in seven weeks

RACQ CQ Rescue in Australia assisted with the rescue of a man who had been mauled by a shark in Cid Bay - the third person to be attacked in the area in two months.

A man has died after being attacked by a shark while paddle boarding and swimming near the Whitsunday Islands in northeast Australia.

The latest attack comes after a woman and young girl were both bitten by sharks while swimming in waters in Cid Harbour two months ago.

Doctor friends tried in vain to save a paddleboarder savaged by a shark in a fatal attack described as "the worst one yet" in Australia's Whitsunday Islands.

"It's not a fallacy (sharks attack at dusk), but it's more prevalent with bull sharks ... the majority of bull shark attacks are after five in the evening and before eight in the morning", he said.

"CPR was ongoing for a very long time, and every solid effort was made to try and save that man's life".

"His injuries and his reaction to those injures were so severe that unfortunately he (did) not survive shortly after his arrival at Mackay Base Hospital", he said.

Dr. Daniel Christidis, a urologist and researcher at Melbourne's Austin Hospital, was among 10 pals who set out from Airlie Beach in Cid Harbour on a rented yacht for a five-day cruise through Whitsunday Islands, Police Inspector Steve O'Connell said.

Since the incident, the Whitsunday Water Police, in addition to boats from the Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Marine Safety Queensland, have conducted patrols and warned people not to swim in the area where the attack occurred.

It's not yet known what species of shark was involved.

State Tourism Minister Kate Jones says expert advice suggests drumlines are not the most effective method of controlling shark populations. The scene is what you would imagine a shark attack to be like.

Less than a day earlier, 46-year-old Tasmanian tourist Justine Barwick suffered a major injury to her upper left thigh.

Ms Wueringer said she suspected yesterday's attack was more than a just "curious, investigatory bite" because of the reported injuries.

The pre-teen lost her leg in the attack, which led to a shark bait operation, in which six sharks were hooked and killed within a week.

Mr Furner said he had also heard anecdotal evidence of people dumping food from yachts, which was attracting sharks.

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