Man killed in shark attack in Australian tourist spot

Man killed in shark attack in Australian tourist spot

Man killed in shark attack in Australian tourist spot

The latest victim was a 33-year-old Victorian man who was bitten at Cid Harbour while swimming off a yacht with friends on Monday afternoon.

The victim was taken by helicopter to the Mackay Base Hospital, 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the south, where his condition was listed as critical, Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service said in a statement.

Tributes flowed for Daniel Christidis on Wednesday as the state government called a meeting for Friday to discuss how to manage sharks in the area, where there have been two other non fatal attacks in recent months.

When the man jumped off the board at some point to give a female friend her turn on it, he was attacked by a shark.

Both swimmers were pulled from the water by French tourists on another boat, who were the first to respond to the incident.

"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every effort was made to save the man's life", he said.

The Whitsunday Water Police will be conducting patrols of Cid Harbour today along with vessels from other Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies.

The species of sharks involved in the attacks have not been identified.

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Prof O'Connell said Dr Christidis showed "amazing patient care" on one occasion getting an upset patient a cake on her birthday. A 12-year-old tourist, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbour while swimming from a yacht the next day, losing a leg.

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.

O'Connell said that this year's three major attacks remain an anomaly for the area.

He said without knowing the type of shark that killed a tourist on Monday, he had assumed it was a tiger shark because of the number that were caught following an attack seven weeks ago.

Drum lines are aquatic traps that use a series of buoys and baited hooks to lure sharks.

But Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the shark control program's aim was to make beaches a safer place for people to swim.

"What the tourism industry is saying to me is that they want long-term solutions, not knee-jerk reactions and that's exactly why we intend to sit around the table with the scientific experts and the tourism industry to work on solutions", she said.

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