Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

No drumlines after shark attack: Qld govt

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays. David Colfelt Breaking Third shark attack at Cid Harbour in Whitsundays
| 09 November, 2018, 03:14

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.

Shark control equipment had been temporarily placed in Cid Harbour following the first two attacks but was removed on September 27 after the potentially risky sharks were removed.

Once he was stabilised he was airlifted by the helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital.

Tributes flowed for Daniel Christidis on Wednesday as the state government called a meeting for Friday to discuss how to manage sharks in the area, where there have been two other non fatal attacks in recent months.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

"Shortly hereafter he was victim of the attack by the shark", Insp O'Connell said.

"Every solid effort was made to save that man's life", O'Connell said.

Two doctors who were part of the man's group provided immediate first aid and the Queensland Ambulance Service was notified.


After the attack the man was pulled aboard a nearby boat.

Whitsunday Water Police will be patrolling the waters today.

"If you look at white pointer shark attacks they happen between 10am and 2pm and if tiger shark are also in the middle of the day".

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

Late last week, a petition with 782 signatures was tabled in the Queensland Parliament calling for the government to immediately stop using shark nets and drum lines to stop the "carnage" inflicted by the shark control program.

In the same harbour, Justine Barwick, a 46-year-old tourist, was attacked on September 19 while swimming from a yacht; she survived and is now recovering. She lost her leg in the attack.

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.

However, Tourism Minister Kate Jones said they were sticking with their decision on Tuesday not to put in drumlines.

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