3rd shark attack off Australian tourist island in 7 weeks

Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Islands where a man in his 30s was attacked by a shark

A 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old woman were mauled by sharks in unprovoked attacks, but both managed to survive.

The man was then treated at the scene by paramedics for severe injuries before being airlifted to Mackay Hospital in a critical condition.

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.

"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every effort was made to save the man's life", he said. "At all", Inspector O'Connell said.

"It sounds to me that the animal came back or stuck around, so to me, that's more than an investigatory bite", she said.

A shark killed a man in an island harbour on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September in a spate of attacks that has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally renowned vacation destination.

The species of sharks involved in the attacks have not been identified.

Dr Christidis had just completed a PhD in the area of prostate cancer at Austin Health and started working as a surgical registrar in urology at Western Health in February.

"Our thoughts are with his family during this extremely hard time".

"It a awful tragedy", he tells Chris Smith.

Despite the three deadly attacks, Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones rejected calls for permanent aquatic drum lines in Cid Harbour, saying the measure would not guarantee swimmer safety.

"It is obviously a controversial thing, I know nothing about it personally, it is not my area of expertise so it would be foolish to make any comment", Prof O'Connell said.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner announced the meeting would be held on Friday. "Drum lines or not, no one should swim in Cid Harbour".

The Queensland government will hold a shark summit in the Whitsundays this week, in a bid to find a long-term solution to stop attacks in Cid Harbour.

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer, from James Cook University, said shark attacks were "extremely rare" in the Whitsundays, but no theories had "so far been supported by real substantial information" to understand the spike in shark activity.

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