Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

At that time, the Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner urged visitors to the area to remain vigilant "and to avoid swimming to reduce the risk of any further shark attacks".

A man has been killed by a shark in the Whitsundays.

The shark attack occurred while the 33-year-old man was swimming off a private boat with friends on Monday evening in Whitsundays Island region, close to the area where two local tourists had been mauled in separate attacks within 24 hours in September.

Two doctors who were part of the man's group provided immediate first aid and the Queensland Ambulance Service was notified.

"Despite their best efforts, the injuries were too severe", O'Connell told reporters.

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

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Melbourne girl Hannah Papps (12) received a life-threatening bite to her right leg while swimming in shallow water in Cid Harbour the following day.

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.

The species of sharks involved in the attacks have not yet been identified and Water Police and fishing boats were patrolling Cid Harbour on Tuesday, advising tourists on yachts to keep out of the water, O'Connell said.

Shark researchers are still unsure what has contributed to the rise in shark attacks, citing insufficient evidence to come to a scientific conclusion. We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it,"Gschwind said".

Barwick's husband Craig said the measures were "understandable" and "appreciated" by his family, but the animals play an important role in the marine ecosystem.

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.

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