Australian Paddleboarder Dies After Shark Attack

Aerial view of the Whitsundays Islands. | Photo: Shutterstock Aerial view of the Whitsundays Islands. | Photo: Shutterstock

QUEENSLAND, Australia - On Wednesday, November 6, 2018 a man vacationing in Australia’s Whitsundays Islands on the famous Great Barrier Reef was killed by a shark while paddle boarding with friends. The man was identified as 33-year-old Dr. Daniel Christidis. Christidis was a urologist and researcher at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital and was paddle boarding in Cid Harbour when he dove off his board and was attacked. His friends he was vacationing with, who are also medical professionals, were on a yacht nearby when the attack happened.

According to a report in the NY Post, Christidis was pulled to his yacht by other tourists in the area and was looked after by his friends until he was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. It hasn’t been made clear what kind of shark attacked Christidis.

Christidis’ attack was the third in the area in recent months with the other two victims surviving. Officials in the area are now advising against swimming in Cid Harbour.

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