Call for drumlines to be installed in Cid Harbour permanently

Call for drumlines to be installed in Cid Harbour permanently

Instead, on the first night of their travels, while anchored in Cid Harbour, a shark attacked after Dr Christidis jumped from a stand-up paddle board he was sharing with a woman from the yacht.

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.

The attack on Monday evening happened in the same waters where two tourists were mauled in separate attacks within 24 hours in September.

Excluding Monday's incident, unprovoked shark attacks have killed one person and injured 16 others in Australia this year, according to the Australian Shark Attack File.

The marine biologist thinks there needs to be an investigation into the sudden increase in shark attacks in that particular area, saying "something has changed".

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The 33-year-old victim was among 10 friends who set out from Airlie Beach on the Queensland state mainland aboard a rented yacht for a five-day cruise through the idyllic Whitsunday Islands, police inspector Steve O'Connell said.

"His injuries and his reaction to those injures were so severe that unfortunately he (did) not survive shortly after his arrival at Mackay Base Hospital", he said.

An aspiring Melbourne cancer specialist has been remembered as a rare individual of great promise, following his death from a shark attack in Queensland's Whitsundays region.

After the attack the man was pulled aboard a nearby boat.

"Definitely one of the more hard ones for everyone involved", McCauley said. He had dived into the water to give the woman her turn on the board when he was attacked, O'Connell said.

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Shark researchers are still unsure what has contributed to the rise in shark attacks, citing insufficient evidence to come to a scientific conclusion. The scene is what you would imagine a shark attack to be like.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the government was committed to working with industry representatives and the local community.

Mr Furner said he had also heard anecdotal evidence of people dumping food from yachts, which was attracting sharks.

"We are talking about a very vast area and certainly I would hate that the message got out that it was safe to swim in the Whitsundays when we can't guarantee that safety", Ms Jones said.

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