Man dies after being attacked by shark in Whitsundays

A MAN has tragically died after being mauled by a shark at Cid Harbour, in Queensland’s Whitsundays.

The 33-year-old, who police say is from Victoria, was paddle boarding with friends when he was attacked just after 5.30pm on Monday.

“The man was part of a group of ten people on a 40 foot sailing boat which left Airlie Beach from Amity Point,” Qld Police said in a statement.


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“When the vessel arrived in Cid Harbour, the man and a woman were taking turns paddle boarding in the water.

“When the man got off the paddle boat and into the water, he was bitten by the shark.”

French-speaking tourists in a nearby vessel launched a tender to rescue the pair from the water before two doctors who were part of the man’s group began immediate first aid before paramedics arrived.

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

Sadly, despite desperate attempts by medical staff, the man died a short time later.

It’s not yet known what species of shark was involved.

The Whitsunday Water Police will be conducting patrols of Cid Harbour today along with vessels from other Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies.

The patrols are designed to provide reassurance to the boating community and tourists on the water.

The latest attack comes after a woman and young girl were both bitten by sharks while swimming in waters in Cid Harbour two months ago.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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