Man killed in third shark attack in weeks on Great Barrier Reef

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays

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

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

The man, believed to be in his 30s, is suffering "significant" leg and wrist injuries following the attack which happened about 5.35pm, Queensland Ambulance said in a tweet.

Australia has not experienced a fatal shark attack since 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer lost her leg while surfing with her father off Esperance in Western Australia on April 17 last year.

A 33-year-old man has died after being attacked by a shark off the north Queensland coast, in the same area where two other people were attacked in September.

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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.

Inspector Steve O'Connell of the Queensland Police Service said: "The group of 10 people were all very good friends and associates on holiday, and a lot of them had a medical background, which meant there were at least two doctors on board, who were able to render immediate first aid".

"We have to understand that while there have been two attacks in rapid succession, shark attacks are rare and sharks play an important role in the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef", he said.

Four tiger sharks were culled from the waters following the attacks and drum lines, which are unmanned aquatic traps used to lure and capture sharks with baited hooks, were additionally laid out by the Queensland state government.

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