Two shark attacks in 24 hours on Australia's Whitsunday Islands

20 September, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A woman has been bitten on the leg in a shark attack off Whitsunday Island

"The helicopter has now departed the beach with the child for Mackay Base Hospital where a trauma team is available and awaiting their arrival", Ms Thomas said.

"The woman has suffered significant leg and torso injuries in the shark attack incident", the spokeswoman said.

Less than 24 hours later, a 12-year-old girl was attacked in a similar area.

The woman was pulled from the water and transferred onto a larger boat, where a local doctor on board administered first aid.

A rescue helicopter which scrambled to pick her up was just 15 minutes away from the scene due to an earlier operation.

A person has been attacked by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays - the second attack in 24 hours.


The type of shark that attacked Ms Barwick is unknown.

"The patient's injuries today are again a shark attack bite to the patient's thigh area, with significant blood loss", Eastwick told reporters in Mackay, where the girl is in a serious condition in hospital.

A Tasmanian tourist remains in a critical condition after being bitten by a shark near a yacht moored in the Whitsunday Islands region in north Queensland.

RACQ CQ rescue crewman Ben McCauley said the shark had taken a "huge chunk" from the inside of Mrs Barwick's leg.

She had been swimming on Wednesday from a yacht in Cid harbour on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast when she was attacked.

The hospital reported the woman, from Tasmania, remained in a critical condition on Thursday after undergoing surgery on Wednesday night.

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