Shark Attack Victim Dies

A 33-year old Victorian man has passed away after being mauled by a shark as he swam in CID harbour late yesterday afternoon.

It is the third shark attack in the area within 8 weeks.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of the man.

Preliminary information indicates the man was with friends on a charter boat when he went paddle boarding and then swimming when the attack happened at around 5.30pm.

The victim is believed to have suffered a bite to his left thigh, right calf and “a -defensive wound” to his left wrist.

Two people on a nearby vessel realising what had occurred utilised their tender boat to collect the injured man from the water and transport him back to the nearby charter boat.

A rescue helicopter was called to the scene.

RACQ CQ Rescue crewman Ben McCauley, who also attended the two September Cid Harbour shark attacks, says the scene and the man’s injuries were “absolutely horrific” and “the worst one yet”.

“He’d suffered very serious bites, significant blood loss as well as cardiac arrest and when we arrived he was already being treated by a paramedic from Hamilton Island, two off-duty doctors and an emergency department nurse from other nearby vessels.”

Paramedics worked on the victim for 45 minutes resuscitating him twice before he was transferred by tender back to shore, in a critically ill condition.

The man was then airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving about 8pm, where he later passed away.

The attack occurred not far from where a woman and a schoolgirl were mauled in separate incidents on September 19 and 20 promoting calls overnight from Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan for drumlines to be permanently set in popular spots in the Whitsundays.

“It’s about time we had the same levels of protections as other places.”

“We need drumlines and nets off our popular swimming beaches in the Whitsundays like most other populated centres up and down the Queensland coast.”