Woman in mid-30s attacked by shark off Whitsunday coast

Woman in mid-30s attacked by shark off Whitsunday coast

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.

She was swimming with her father and sister near Whithaven Beach about midday Thursday when she was attacked, less than a day after a 45-year-old woman suffered critical injuries from a shark attack in the same area.

On Friday, the woman was reportedly in a stable condition at a Brisbane hospital.

"From what I'd heard on the radio, I had no idea it was a shark attack", he said.

"The original first aid was actually really well done", rescue helicopter crewman Ben McCauley said.

Queensland Ambulance Services Manager of the Rockhampton Operations Centre Mindy Thomas said the helicopter was dispatched from Mackay and a paramedic sent from Hamilton Island.

A rescue helicopter scrambled to the region was just 15 minutes away from the scene due to an earlier operation they'd been undertaking.

Just over an hour later Queensland Ambulance Service said the child was conscious and being treated for a serious upper-leg injury.

She was swimming at Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands, off Australia's Queensland coast, on Thursday when she was bitten on the leg.

RACQ CQ Rescue pilot Kevin Berry said the woman was lucky to be alive considering how much longer it would have taken for her to get help if they had not been in the area.

The girl suffered significant blood loss and was given three pints of blood en route to Mackay Base Hospital.

Whitsunday Water Police confirmed they were not required to attend the incident and RACQ CQ Rescue confirmed they were attending an incident in that area, but details were not able to be provided at this stage. Of these, two people died.

"In north Queensland, shark attacks are not that common".

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are protected by shark drumlines, but past year a group of Sydney greenies started legal action to remove shark controls from the area.

Dramatic footage of the second life-saving shark attack rescue mission in as many days in the Whitsundays has been captured by a helicopter paramedics' body-cam.

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.

'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'.

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