Two shark attacks within 24 hours at Whitsundays in Australia

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

Less than 24 hours earlier, a 46-year-old Tasmanian woman suffered significant leg and torso injuries from a shark attack in the same part of Queensland.

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

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.

'By all accounts it was very serious and without the rescue helicopter she probably would have died, but those people did save her life by stopping the haemorrhaging, ' she said.

The type of shark that attacked Ms Barwick is unknown.


The Whitsunday Islands are popular swimming destinations in Queensland, particularly with tourists who flock in droves during the warmer months. It's understood she was bleeding heavily from a leg injury when she was pulled from the water.

Queensland Ambulance Services spokesperson confirmed they were called with reports a child has been bitten on the leg by a shark at 1.45pm at Cid Harbour, at Whitsunday Island.

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

Hadock said he treated Barwick before a helicopter crew winched her to safety and flew her to Mackay hospital, where a spokeswoman said Barwick is in critical condition.

Local authorities have reportedly warned holidaymakers and locals not to swim in the area. Of these, two people died.

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