Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Man dies in 3rd shark attack off Australia's Whitsundays Islands

Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Islands where a man in his 30s was attacked by a shark Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Islands where a man in his 30s was attacked by a shark
Gerardo Duncan | 09 November, 2018, 03:15

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

Paramedics described this third attack as "the worst one yet".

The Whitsunday Islands is a popular tourist site 900 km (560 miles) northwest of the state capital Brisbane.

Following those attacks, local authorities conducted a culling of sharks in the area, capturing and killing at least four, including a 3.7 metre tiger shark.

After Monday's attack, a local politician asked the Queensland state government to install permanent drum lines around Cid Harbour, like hundreds of other places along the eastern coast line.

"The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter airlifted the man to Mackay Base Hospital, but due to substantial blood loss and severe injuries, the man sadly died after arrival there", the police report added. He had dived into the water to give the woman her turn on the board when he was attacked, Mr O'Connell said.

There were more than a dozen yachts in the harbor at the time of the incident.

The man bitten on Monday suffered severe injuries in his legs and arm, and was resuscitated before being transferred to hospital, a spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said.

Dr Christidis had just completed a PhD in the area of prostate cancer at Austin Health and started working as a surgical registrar in urology at Western Health in February.

A 46-year-old tourist, Justine Barwick, was attacked on September 19 while swimming from a yacht in Cid Harbor and is recovering. A 12-year-old tourist, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbor the next day, losing a leg.

Mr Costigan said there needed to be a frank and open discussion between the tourism and fishing industries, scientists and shark experts about "where we go from here".

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.

He died of his injuries, police confirmed early on Tuesday.

"It is obviously a controversial thing, I know nothing about it personally, it is not my area of expertise so it would be foolish to make any comment", Prof O'Connell said.

Conservationists argue that drum lines kill sharks unethically, and also harm other marine life.

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