Whitsundays shark attack: 46-year-old woman in critical condition

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

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

A QAS spokeswoman said the paramedic, from Hamilton Island, hopped on board a Water Police vessel and was taken to Cid Harbour.

"It didn't surprise me, because she is such a fighter, when she was being taken off the rescue helicopter and taken into hospital she was telling them what she was allergic too and still able to give directions", Mr Doherty told AAP. A trauma team was waiting on her arrival.

It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours.

"The first aid that was provided both yesterday and today has contributed to saving their [both victims'] lives at this point in time", Ms Thomas said.

Unprovoked shark attacks have killed one person and injured 14 others in Australia this year, according to the Australian Shark Attack File.

"This is a tropical area, there's probably four species that could be involved in it. That's why these events are so shocking".

Queensland Ambulance Services spokesperson confirmed they were called with reports a child has been bitten on the leg by a shark at 1.45pm at Cid Harbour, at Whitsunday Island.

She was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery, Seven reported.

A critical care paramedic is at the scene with the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

She also suffered puncture wounds to her calf muscle. "There was quite a lot of blood around the boat", he said.

She was pulled from the water and was bleeding profusely.

"She was very scared, cold and in shock - in and out of consciousness".



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