Girl (12) critically ill after second shark attack hits Australian island

Nellie Chapman
September 20, 2018

A girl has suffered a "significant leg injury" in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say.

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.

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

A RACQ Rescue Helicopter spokeswoman said that if it wasn't for the people who found her and packed her wounds, the woman would be dead.

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.

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

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'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 latest attack comes just one day after a woman was bitten by a shark.

The 46-year-old remains in a critical condition after being bitten on the upper left leg, in what witnesses described as a horrific ordeal.

The hospital reported the woman, from Tasmania, remained in a critical condition on Thursday after undergoing surgery on Wednesday night.

Justine was on leave with her husband and friends enjoying time on their family yacht as part of an annual trip to the Whitsundays.

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