Shark attack victim in critical condition, rushed to surgery

Holidaymaker Justine Barwick is stretchered to hospital after horrific shark attack in Whitsunday Islands

On Thursday, Queensland Ambulance confirmed that a young girl had been involved in a shark attack at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays.

UPDATE 4.15pm: A 12-year-old girl mauled by a shark at Cid Harbour will be taken straight to the operating theatre.

A passing yacht found the woman with life-threatening bites to her right thigh, and helped her out of the water.

He managed to stem the blood flow long enough to allow a rescue helicopter to arrive with Ms Barwick still breathing.

EARLIER: A CHILD has been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays in the same location a shark attacked a woman yesterday afternoon.

Queensland Ambulance Service Rockhampton manager Mindy Thomas said they had sent a helicopter from Mackay and a paramedic from Hamilton Island.

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An Australian woman was in a critical condition on Thursday after being attacked by a shark.

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.

One of the first paramedics at the scene credited the quick actions of a doctor, Mackay Base Hospital emergency department doctor John Hadok, who was on a nearby vessel with saving her life.

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

In 2017, a father-of-two from Cairns lost his right leg and nearly died when he was mauled by a shark while spearfishing off Hinchinbrook Island.

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