Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Second shark attack at north Qld island

Second shark attack at north Qld island

An Australian woman is in a critical condition on Thursday after being attacked by a shark while holidaying in the world-famous Whitsunday Islands, in the country's northeast.

A 12-year-old girl became the second person to be mauled by a shark at Cid Harbour, near Whitsunday Island.

The hovering chopper drew the attention of John Hadok, an emergency doctor from Mackay Base Hospital, who was sailing nearby and soon joined the effort to save Ms Barwick's life.

She was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

Excluding the two most recent attacks, there have been 33 recorded cases of shark bites in Australia so far in 2018, according to the Australian Shark Attack File of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

QAS Rockhampton operations centre manager Mindy Thomas described the attacks as "horrific" and "confronting".

The girl, who was holidaying with her father and sister, is in critical condition and will have surgery.

Ambulance Queensland said: "Paramedics are treating a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury".

"There was a doctor on scene, but apparently the people that she'd been with that have got her on to the boat and have packed her wounds to stop the haemorrhaging are the ones who really saved her life", she said.

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The injured woman and two others had to be put into a dinghy and repositioned about 100 metres from the yacht because it lacked an open deck.

Last February, a Cairns father-of-two nearly died after he was mauled by a shark while spearfishing off Hinchinbrook Island.

The Whitsunday Islands, near the Great Barrier Reef, are a popular tourist destination.

Before this week's events, the last shark attack in the area was eight years ago.

"We don't normally go out and search for any sharks that may have been involved in a shark attack but due to the nature of these multiple attacks, Fisheries Queensland is going to deploy three drum lines in a bid to try and catch some of the sharks in that area".

With their fuel tank just ten minutes short of what was needed to reach Mackay, the RACQ CQ Rescue diverted to Prosperine to refuel.

"It is important to be aware that sharks inhabit the Queensland coastline, as well as estuaries, rivers, creeks, canals and streams - both saltwater and freshwater", the statement continued.

A woman has been mauled by a shark while swimming off a yacht near in the Whitsundays. Local authorities have reportedly warned holidaymakers and locals not to swim in the area.

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