Man killed in third shark at­tack off Aus­tralia’s Great Bar­rier Reef in seven weeks

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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

into

the

wa­ter

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.

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