Shark kills paddle boarder off the north-east coast of Australia

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Police and fisheries boats were patrolling Cid Harbor on Tuesday and advising tourists on yachts to keep out of the water, O'Connell said.

Signs will be installed around the area warning people not to go swimming there, Jones said, adding that, "Neither the local mayor, Andrew Willcox, marine authorities nor local tourism operators want to see drum lines redeployed".

The 33-year-old, who police say is from Victoria, was paddle boarding with friends when he was attacked just after 5.30pm on Monday.

Justine Barwick was bitten by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays in September.

Despite at least two of the people he was with being doctors, who immediately gave first aid, he died after being airlifted to hospital.

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"Despite their best efforts, the injuries were too severe", O'Connell said.

A male patient is now being airlifted to Mackay Hospital with significant leg and wrist injuries following a shark attack in waters near #CidHarbour which occurred at 5.37pm.

Rescue helicopter crewman Ben McCauley told reporters the scene was "gruesome".

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.

A schoolgirl from Melbourne, Hannah Papps, subsequently lost her leg in the attack.

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Despite the efforts of medical teams a Queensland Police spokeswoman confirmed the man died in hospital.

The last shark attack in the Whitsunday Islands before this Australian spring's spate, occurred on February 13, 2010. He was on the first day of a five-day cruise in the Whitsundays with a number of friends.

Daniel Gschwind, chief executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, which represents more than 3,000 tourism businesses, said on Tuesday that authorities were looking into why the unprecedented series of attacks has occurred and whether environmental changes were a factor.

He said: "We need to now have the scientific background and investigation of what is causing this sudden spike of attacks and interactions with sharks".

"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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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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