'We are devastated': Young doctor killed in shark attack mourned by colleagues

06 November, 2018, 15:36 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Islands where a man in his 30s was attacked by a shark

A man has died after being attacked by a shark while paddle boarding and swimming near the Whitsunday Islands in northeast Australia.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

The 33-year-old victim was swimming with friends in Cid Harbour on the Whitsunday islands on Monday evening when the shark struck, leaving him with severe bites on his arms and legs.

There were more than a dozen yachts around at the time and French-speaking tourists rushed to the man's rescue on a dingy.

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

The attack came less than two months after an Australian woman and a 12-year-old girl were bitten and seriously hurt by sharks within 24 hours of each other in the same area.

The pre-teen lost her leg in the attack, which led to a shark bait operation, in which six sharks were hooked and killed within a week.


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.

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

He said: "We see this pattern time and time again - all around the world - and we don't really understand why it is".

He died of his injuries, police confirmed early on Tuesday.

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

Australia has averaged fewer than two deadly shark attacks per year in recent decades.

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.

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