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Man killed in third shark attack in weeks on Great Barrier Reef

06 November 2018

A man has died after he was attacked by a shark in the third such incident in two months at a popular tourist site on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

"When the vessel arrived in Cid Harbour, the man and a woman were taking turns paddle boarding in the water". He was on the first day of a five-day cruise in the Whitsundays with a number of friends.

The man was with a group of 10 people travelling from Airlie Beach to Amity Point in a sailing boat, when it stopped at Cid Harbour.

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

He died shortly after arrival.

Inspector Steve O'Connell of the Queensland Police Service said: "The group of 10 people were all very good friends and associates on holiday, and majority had a medical background, which meant there were at least two doctors on board, who were able to render immediate first aid".

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When the man jumped off the board, he was attacked by a shark.

The 33-year-old tourist suffered "significant leg and wrist injuries" when he was attacked while paddleboarding near Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast on Monday afternoon, a Queensland Ambulance statement said.

Following those attacks, local authorities conducted a culling of sharks in the area, capturing and killing at least four, including a 3.7 metre tiger shark.

Cid Harbour, located in north Queensland's idealic tourism hotspot the Whitsunday Islands, has recently become notorious for shark attacks following the mauling of two people in September this year.

The patrols are created to "provide reassurance to the boating community and tourists on the water", Queensland Police said.

Man killed in third shark attack in weeks on Great Barrier Reef