'Lethal' Drumlines Not The Answer To Shark Attacks
A 33-year-old man has died after being attacked by a shark in the same North Queensland tourist where two tourists were nearly killed two months ago.
The Victorian man was paddle boarding and swimming at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays at around 5.30pm when he suffered bites to his left thigh, right calf and left wrist.
Police said he’d been on a charter boat with a group of mates before getting into the water.
Two people from a nearby boat saw what had happened, and sent out a smaller vessel to collect the injured man and take him back to his charter boat.
A rescue helicopter flew to Whitsunday Island, before paramedics were transported to the boat where the man was being treated.
He was flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a critical condition, but died from his injuries a short time later.
The latest attack follows two similar incidents in the same spot in September.
Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick 46, suffered critical injuries when she was attacked on September 19.
Less than 24 hours later, 12-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl Hannah Papps was attacked while swimming with her family in shallow water in the harbour.
Both previous victims survived their attacks, but spent weeks recovering in hospital.
Hannah lost her left leg as a result of the attack.
Those incidents prompted authorities to set up baited drumlines for the first time in the Whitsundays, in an effort to reduce the number of dangerous sharks in the area.
The lines were in place for around a week, and six large tiger sharks were caught and killed as a result.
Local MP Jason Costigan is calling for drumlines to be installed permanently in the area after last night’s fatal attack.
Conservation group Sea Shepherd says lethal methods aren’t the answer, and that better efforts need to be made to educate holidaymakers in areas with high shark populations.