Australian Man Killed In Third Shark Attack In Popular Tourist Area

Man Killed In Whitsundays Shark Attack

3rd shark attack off Australian tourist island in 7 weeks

The man was on a sailing holiday with 10 friends and the group was taking turns to paddle board on the water, Queensland Police said.

A Tweet by Queensland Ambulance confirmed at least one paramedic arrived on the scene before the rescue helicopter and administered preliminary treatments.

He had dived into the water to give the woman her turn on the board when the shark attacked, O'Connell said.

The Whitsunday Islands region around Cid Harbour is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, with more than 750,000 local and global visitors a year.

The shark attack occurred while the 33-year-old man was swimming off a private boat with friends on Monday evening in Whitsundays Island region, close to the area where two local tourists had been mauled in separate attacks within 24 hours in September.

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The man, who remains unidentified, was airlifted to nearby Mackay Hospital in a critical condition after receiving CPR.

Police said Tuesday that they have not publicly identified the man as they were still working to contact his next of kin.

Shark control equipment had been temporarily placed in Cid Harbour following the first two attacks but was removed on September 27 after the potentially risky sharks were removed.

"It's definitely harder this one, it hits home a lot more when you can't go home to your family and say that you've saved another life", he said, according to

Australia had not experienced a fatal shark attack since April 17 last year and its average of two deadly shark attacks per year that was recorded in recent decades has dropped.

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Dr Chapman said a number of factors including the movement and number of bait fish in the area, water temperature and increased rainfall could have played a role in a rising shark presence around Cid Harbour.

Authorities killed six sharks in the Cid Harbor area in a week following the September attacks in an effort to to reduce their numbers in the popular tourist destination.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Natassia Wheeler said they supported all efforts to inform visitors about the dangers of sharks in the area.

A 46-year-old tourist, Justine Barwick, was attacked on September 19 while swimming from a yacht in Cid Harbor and is recovering.

Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said in the statement that the harbor is a popular site to moor boats and the disposal of food scraps could attract sharks. We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it,"Gschwind said".

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