Shark attack kills man in Australia's Cid Harbour

3rd shark attack off Australian tourist island in 7 weeks

RACQ CQ Rescue in Australia assisted with the rescue of a man who had been mauled by a shark in Cid Bay - the third person to be attacked in the area in two months.

Shark control equipment had been temporarily placed in Cid Harbour following the first two attacks but was removed on September 27 after the potentially risky sharks were removed.

The victim was taken by helicopter to the Mackay Base Hospital, 100km to the south, where he died.

The death comes just two months after two tourists were injured by sharks in the same area.

One of the paramedics who boarded the yacht told 9NEWS the man lost a great deal of blood and the scene was "absolutely horrific".

Those attacks led to a cull in which four tiger sharks were killed.

Dr Christidis was attacked at Cid Harbour on Monday at the start of a five-day yachting trip with friends and workmates.

"Every solid effort was made to save that man's life", O'Connell said.

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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. "It's also a case of we don't know what species has been involved, or whether people have been fishing in the area".

Sea World's director of marine sciences Trevor Long said our three most risky sharks all had different feeding patterns but there were similarities in the way they hunted their prey.

A 12-year-old girl, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbour while swimming from a yacht the next day, losing a leg.

He was suffering significant thigh, calf and wrist injuries and couldn't be saved. French-speaking tourists launched a dinghy from their yacht and rescued Chritidis, O'Connell said.

Drum lines are aquatic traps that use a series of buoys and baited hooks to lure sharks.

In a joint statement on Monday, the state's tourism minister, Kate Jones, and the state minister for Agricultural Industry development and Fisheries, Mark Furner, warned people to not swim in Cid harbour.

Signs will be installed around the area warning people not to go swimming there, Jones said, adding that, "Neither the local mayor, Andrew Willcox, marine authorities nor local tourism operators want to see drum lines redeployed".

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