Australian woman critical after shark attack

Geneva Stokes
September 21, 2018

Just a day after a Tasmanian woman was attacked by a shark in north Queensland, a second attack has occurred at a nearby location.

The woman reached the hospital complaining of significant levels of pain.

She was transferred to Mackay Base Hospital, where she remains in a serious condition.

The attack comes are a woman was attacked while snorkelling early last night.

With their fuel tank just ten minutes short of what was needed to reach Mackay, the RACQ CQ Rescue diverted to Prosperine to refuel. "Shark attacks in these waters are rare", he said.

Crewman Ben McCauley said an emergency doctor, who was sailing nearby, and others who gave first aid to Barwick had likely saved her life.

The crew was doing a beacon search in the vicinity of the Bowen area when they were called to the shark attack incident.

"We landed on the beach of Whitsunday Island and the Whitsunday water police picked up our doctor and our paramedic, took them out to the vessel where she was and they got her into the boat and brought her back to the shore", she said.

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She arrived at the Mackay hospital about 8pm on Wednesday after the helicopter stopped at Proserpine to pick up blood and to refuel.

"Shark-control equipment does not provide an impenetrable barrier between swimmers and sharks, " Mr Krause said. "Human safety must come first".

There are fears the same shark could be responsible for the both attacks.

THE Whitsundays are set to be covered in baited drum lines today after two shark attacks in less than 24 hours left a girl and a woman fighting for their lives in hospital. Of these, two people died.

Tadashi Nakahara, a Japanese surfer, dies at Shelley Beach, Ballina in February 2015.

Mark Thompson, 38, killed at Opal Reef while spearfishing in December 2004.

John Ford died after pushing his wife to safety while diving off Byron Bay in June 1993.

Mr Krause said various types of whaler species as well as bull and tiger sharks can be found in waters around the harbour and he advised against swimming in or near Cid Harbour for the time being.

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