Girl bitten in second shark attack at Australian harbour in 24 hours

Shark attack in Whitsundays leaves woman, 46, critical

An avid snorkeller, Justine Barwick was swimming near her family yacht during her annual holiday at Queensland's picturesque Whitsundays, a warm change from her Tasmanian home town of Burnie.

The type of shark that attacked Ms Barwick is unknown.

There's been a second shark attack in less than twenty-four hours at The Whitsundays region in North Queensland.

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

UPDATE, 2.40pm: A paramedic has reached the child who was attacked by a shark at Cid Harbour, the Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed.

She said two paramedics and a doctor responded to the more recent attack with the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter, which landed on a nearby beach by 2.50pm.

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While parts of the area has shark nets in place, they don't necessarily provide an impenetrable barrier between swimmers and sharks.

Dr John Hadok, an emergency doctor from Mackay Base Hospital, happened to be on a nearby yacht and helped slow the bleeding before a rescue helicopter arrived.

"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.

"She was very scared, cold and in shock - in and out of consciousness".

It is understood the 12-year-old was on a boat at Cid Harbour with her father and sister.

"Justine is a fighter: a fit, resilient woman who is an outstanding leader in the aged and disability care sectors".

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