Man killed in third shark attack off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in seven weeks
A SHARK has 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 shark attacks that has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger at an internationally renowned holiday destination.
The 33-year-old victim was among 10 friends who set out from Airlie Beach, on Queensland on Monday morning, on a rented yacht, to sail on a five-day cruise through the idyllic Whitsunday Islands, police inspector Steve O’Connell said.
The victim was taking turns with a woman standing on a paddle board or swimming in the harbour late in the afternoon.
He had dived
to give the woman her turn on the board when he was attacked, O’Connell said.
French-speaking tourists launched a dinghy from their yacht and rescued the man, he said.
The man was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital, 100km he died.
Authorities killed six sharks in the Cid Harbor area in a week following the September attacks in a bid to reduce their numbers in the tourist location.