Shark attack: Man dies after being mauled in the Whitsundays


Daniel Christidis, 33, a urologist who was with a group of fellow medics, was fatally savaged by a shark in Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland where there has been a spate of recent attacks.

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

Friends and rescue crews at the scene tried to resuscitate the man until he was airlifted to nearby Mackay Base Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.

The attack is the third serious incident involving sharks to occur in the Cid Harbour in under two months.

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.

He is the second shark attack victim to die in Australia this year.

"During this holiday period, we urge people to exercise caution, stay out of the water and not throw food scraps overboard from boats", the department said.

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Queensland Water Police, the Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will all be present on the water in the Cid Harbour area this week.

"It's definitely harder this one, it hits home a lot more when you can't go home to your family and say that you've saved another life", he said, according to It wasn't immediately known what type of shark attacked Christidis.

Tasmanian mother of two Justine Barwick, 46, was bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same area on September 19 and underwent 18 hours of surgery.

"What the tourism industry is saying to me is that they want long-term solutions, not knee-jerk reactions and that's exactly why we intend to sit around the table with the scientific experts and the tourism industry to work on solutions", she said.

"We are talking about a very vast area and certainly I would hate that the message got out that it was safe to swim in the Whitsundays when we can't guarantee that safety", Ms Jones said.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the meeting, which will be held on Friday, would enable local industry representatives and officials to sit down directly with experts.