Shark attack kills man in Australia's Cid Harbour

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays

The middle-aged man was believed to be a tourist, and was bitten on his left inner thigh, right calf and left wrist after swimming in the bay on 5 November.

He died in the hospital, a police statement said on Tuesday.

"The woman has gotten out of the water off the standing paddleboard and the man has gone into the water, shortly thereafter he was the victim of an attack by the shark".

Two doctors who were part of the man's group provided immediate first aid and the Queensland Ambulance Service was notified.

"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. "They did everything imaginable to try to save the man".

The fading light and the man's critical condition meant the rescue helicopter had to hover on the beach while a critical care paramedic and rescue crewman Ben McCauley were taken to the boat on a tender. It wasn't immediately known what type of shark attacked Christidis.

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"Obviously, it's a really unfortunate situation and given the two previous bites a few weeks back, it's bringing a lot of focus on the area", he said.

The death comes just two months after two tourists were injured by sharks in the same area. A 12-year-old tourist, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbor the next day, losing a leg.

"I've been in the Whitsunday area on and off for 30 years, and apart from some minor nips and bites, we've never heard of any substantial attacks such as what we've seen in these three attacks", he said on Tuesday.

Drum lines were deployed and several large sharks were caught.

Professor Colin Buxton from the University of Tasmania told Australian magazine StabMag: "The pros are that drum lines kill sharks and thus reduce the number of sharks in an area and this reduces the statistical chance of a shark encounter with humans".

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the government was committed to working with industry representatives and the local community.

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