Woman in serious condition after shark attack off Whitsunday Island

A woman has been bitten on the leg in a shark attack off Whitsunday Island

A woman has been bitten on the leg in a shark attack off Whitsunday Island

A teenage girl was killed in 2017 by a shark while surfing at a break in Western Australia, and a surf competition at Margaret River was cancelled after two surfers were bitten by sharks.

Just a day after a Tasmanian woman was attacked by a shark in north Queensland, a second attack has occurred at a nearby location.

Keen snorkeller Justine Barwick was swimming near a yacht at Cid Harbour off Sawmill Bay about 5pm when she was mauled by a shark, suffering a life-threatening bite to her upper right leg.

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WHEN Bobby Macdonald responded to a mayday call late yesterday afternoon, he did not expect to be faced with a shark attack.

A Mackay Hospital spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the 12-year-old's condition had not improved and she was still critical Thursday evening. The girl's father accompanied her on the rescue helicopter.

The measures aim to reduce the overall number of sharks in the area, but do not provide an impenetrable barrier between swimmers and marine life.

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However, Mr Macdonald did not even know it was a shark attack until after he had left the scene.

Although he didn't see the wound, Mr McCauley was told Ms Barwick had "quite a big chunk of leg taken" and had suffered arterial bleeding.

RACQ CQ Rescue crewman Ben McCauley was then winched into the water, swam to the dinghy and climbed on board.The patient was then winched into the helicopter and treated by the critical care paramedic.

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The chopper flew to Proserpine Airport to refuel and was met by paramedics with bags of blood and additional pain relief for the woman, who was at that stage in a stable but very serious condition.

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