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3rd shark attack off Australian tourist island in 7 weeks

AP  |  Brisbane 

A shark critically injured a man on Monday near an island harbor on Australia's where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September, officials said.

The man suffered "significant leg and wrist injuries" when he was attacked near on Island off the state coast, a Ambulance statement said.

The victim was taken by helicopter to the Mackay Base Hospital, 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the south, where his condition was listed as critical, Helicopter Rescue Service said in a statement.

is the largest island in the Islands group, a major international tourist attraction popular with scuba divers and sailors where shark attacks have been rare.

A 46-year-old tourist, Justine Barwick, was attacked on Sept. 19 while swimming from a yacht in and is recovering. A 12-year-old tourist, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbor the next day, losing a leg.

The last shark attack in the before the latest spate occurred in 2010 off when a 60-year-old woman survived severe lacerations to her buttocks and major blood loss.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 19:35 IST