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Man in Qld hospital after shark attack

A man attacked by a shark in the Whitsundays is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery.

Ryan Bowring, 25, was bitten on the leg and buttocks while swimming in waters at Hardy Reef, about 50 kilometres northeast of Hamilton Island about 12.30pm (AEST) on Monday.

He was winched to safety by helicopter and flown to the Mackay Base Hospital.

Mr Bowring underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is recovering, The Courier-Mail reports.

It is understood he works as a skipper for Southern Cross Sailing Adventures after relocating from Hobart to Airlie Beach six months ago.

The Whitsundays region has been the site of a number of shark attacks in the last six months.

Victorian man Daniel Christidis, 33, died in November after being attacked at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island during a trip with friends and colleagues.

That incident followed separate attacks - also at Cid Harbour - on Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps within 24 hours in September.

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