Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Child 'critcal' after second shark attack in 24 hours

Child 'critcal' after second shark attack in 24 hours

Justine Barwick, 46, was snorkelling at Cid Harbour on Wednesday evening when the attack happened leaving her with a severe wound to her left thigh and minor wounds to her calf.

This morning the woman remained in a critical condition in Mackay Base Hospital.

On Friday, a Queensland Shark Control Program contractor will deploy three shark control drumlines - a system of buoys "designed to remove larger, unsafe sharks from an area", according to the Fisheries spokesman.

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

No further information was available at the time of writing.

"The patient is going, I believe, direct to theatre for treatment".

RACQ CQ rescue crewman Ben McCauley said the shark had taken a "huge chunk" from the inside of Mrs Barwick's leg.

Mr Macdonald contacted the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter on the radio to co-ordinate what needed to be done for her to be picked up from the boat.

In a stroke of luck a rescue helicopter scrambled to the region was just 15 minutes away from the scene due to an earlier operation they'd been undertaking. Witnesses saw a 3m great white nearby.

QAS Mackay operations manager Tracey Eastwick confirmed the girl has suffered significant injuries, including a bite to her leg just below the groin.

"We're are also working with relevant government agencies in relation to both incidents", Mr Vanek said in a statement on Friday.

"She was aware she was in a bad situation and frightened, but never hysterical". Her condition is described as serious.

Somehow timed perfectly, the helicopter landed as on ground paramedics arrived with bags of blood and more pain relief.

A 12 year old girl arrived at Mackay Hospital this afternoon.

The woman is airlifted by RACQ CQ Rescue.

"I've dived with sharks and it's never been an issue".

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

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