Doctor friends attempt to save Australian man after shark attack in Whitsundays

Man dies after shark attack in Australia in same spot as two other attacks

Patrol Inspector Steve O'Connell said the group gave first aid to the victim after he was pulled onto the 12-metre vessel.

All three attacks occurred in Cid Harbour, a picturesque bay surrounded by beaches in a popular tourist area on the north coast of Queensland.

In September, two tourists were attacked in the same body of water within 24 hours of each other, resulting in the culling of six sharks.

A man has died after being bitten by a shark while swimming in Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays where two other people were recently attacked.

"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.

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

"The majority of people from last time [in September] were very much against the drum lines".

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

"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

Her attack came after Tasmanian mother of two, Justine Barwick, 46, was bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same area a day earlier.

The last shark attack in the Whitsunday Islands before the latest spate took place on February 13 2010, off Dent Island, where 60-year-old tourist Patricia Trumbull survived lacerations and major blood loss.

(AAP) Shark control equipment is deployed at Sawmill Bay after two shark attacks in the Whitsundays.

The last shark attack in the Whitsunday Islands before the latest spate occurred on February 13, 2010, off Dent Island when a 60-year-old woman survived severe lacerations to her buttocks and major blood loss.

Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said at the time that the Trumbull attack was the first in the islands in 13 years and only the third ever recorded.

In response to September's shark attacks, Australian authorities have installed drum lines for a week - an aquatic trap to lure and capture sharks using baited hooks.

Critics took to social media to protest that killing sharks was not the answer and that the predator plays an important role in the ecosystem and the survival of the endangered reef. We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it,"Gschwind said".



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