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November 07, 2018 18:43:51

A member of the helicopter rescue crew that attempted to save lots of shark assault sufferer Daniel Christidis says he has been deeply affected by the person’s dying.

Dr Christidis, 33, a medical researcher from Melbourne, died on Monday evening after being attacked whereas paddleboarding and swimming at Cid Harbour within the Whitsundays.

It was the third shark assault at Cid Harbour within the final two months.

Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue crewman Ben McCauley, 31, attended the scene of all three assaults.

The primary two victims survived.

“It is powerful,” Mr McCauley advised 7.30.

“For those who got here in to work the following day and also you pretended prefer it did not have an effect on you, you are simply mendacity to your self. 100 per cent it affected me.

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“It is simply one thing that can sit at the back of your thoughts.

“You went there, you probably did your greatest, it wasn’t sufficient.”

Mr McCauley has solely labored with CQ Helicopter Rescue since January.

He has had counselling since Monday’s incident.

Pals on boat had been medical professionals

Mr McCauley mentioned he and the rescue crew landed on the seashore at Cid Harbour and travelled by boat to the yacht the place Dr Christidis was being handled.

He mentioned CPR was being administered and the injuries had already been bandaged.

“He was on a yacht with a bunch of 10 mates. We consider they’re all within the medical occupation,” he mentioned.

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“It is unfortunate getting bitten by a shark, however you are very fortunate to have been bitten by a shark and have docs and nurses on the following boat, or your folks throughout you who’re all medical professionals.

“You could not ask for any higher care than that. Although the hospital is on its manner, you are getting A1 care straight up.”

The rescue crew transported Dr Christidis again to the seashore and into the helicopter, the place he was transported to Mackay Base Hospital.

“We knew he wasn’t in a good way,” Mr McCauley mentioned.

“He would have identified he’s not in a good way, however he knew he was in good palms.

“He wished the assistance, you can see he wished the assistance.

“All you are able to do is simply reassure him.

“I used to be simply stroking his brow and all you are able to do is do what you are educated to do, and simply attempt to allow them to know the whole lot goes to be fantastic.”

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‘Simply the best way it’s’

Mr McCauley mentioned he didn’t need to enter the talk about whether or not drum traces ought to be reinstalled at Cid Harbour.

“You are within the ocean, there’s sharks within the ocean. That is simply the best way it’s,” he mentioned.

“You may soar in and see a shark, you may not.

“You are still unfortunate on the finish of the day, it is simply a type of issues.

“You are by no means going to cease a pure predator in its personal space. It is their water.”

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November 07, 2018 18:16:04

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