2nd shark attack in 2 days

Hugh Fox
September 21, 2018

She was treated by a doctor who was on a nearby boat, before being flown to hospital and undergoing surgery.

There is nothing to suggest at this stage that the girl will lose a limb.

It is understood she had been travelling on board vessel Miss Denero with her father and sister.

Within hours of the second attack, Fisheries Minister Mark Furner announced he had activated special provisions to set up three drum lines in the area today.

She is being transported to hospital.

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Meanwhile, a Tasmanian tourist remains in a critical condition in hospital following yesterday's attack.

A woman is fighting for her life and another girl is in a serious condition after two separate shark attacks within 24 hours in Australia. A critical-care paramedic was on the scene.

Both attacks occurred in Cid Harbour, a picturesque bay surrounded by beaches in a popular tourist area on the north coast of Queensland.

Managing director Christophe Vanek says all its clients on the water have been warned to be vigilant and refrain from swimming in Cid Harbour and the broader Whitsundays for the foreseeable future.

Mrs Barwick was pulled from the water, transferred to a yacht and moved to a dinghy to be winched up by a rescue helicopter dispatched from the coastal town of Proserpine.

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A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed the call for assistance came in about 5.15pm with reports a person was bitten by a shark on the leg.

"Currently we have two paramedics and a doctor on scene and the helicopters is now on the beach".

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.

It is unknown at this stage what age or gender the child is.

The other victim, Ms Barwick, 46, suffered severe leg and torso injuries when she was mauled by a shark in Cid Harbour as she swam with her husband and friends.

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