Man dies in 3rd shark attack off Australia island in 7 weeks


"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".

The 33-year-old was with a group of 10 people travelling from Airlie Beach to Amity Point in a sailing boat, when it stopped at Cid Harbour.

A shark has killed a man in an island harbour on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September.

Signs will be installed around the area warning people not to go swimming there, Jones said, adding that, "Neither the local mayor, Andrew Willcox, marine authorities nor local tourism operators want to see drum lines redeployed".

"The Cid Harbour area is not covered by the Queensland Government's Shark Control Program, which operates at 85 of Queensland's most popular beaches", he said.

Late Monday afternoon, the victim was taking turns with a woman on a paddle board and swimming in the harbour.

French-speaking tourists launched a dinghy from their yacht and pulled Christidis to his own yacht, where most of the group had medical backgrounds, including two doctors.

RACQ CQ Rescue crewman Ben McCauley said the man's injuries were "absolutely horrific".

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"Definitely one of the more hard ones for everyone involved", McCauley said.

In September, two shark attacks occurred within a day of each other.

The victims were 12-year-old Melbourne girl Hannah Papps, who suffered a "significant leg injury" during the attack, and Tasmanian tourist 46-year-old Justine Barwick, who suffered severe injuries to her right thigh and had to undergo reconstructive surgery.

That attack had occured off Dent Island and 60-year-old tourist Patricia Trumbull survived lacerations to her buttocks and major blood loss.

"We need to now have the scientific background and investigation of what is causing this sudden spike of attacks and interactions with sharks. We are reaching out to his colleagues and will provide counseling support to anyone who needs it", the rep said.

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

Gschwind called for a science-based response to the latest tragedy.

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.