Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Shark Attacks 12-Year-Old Girl Near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Shark Attacks 12-Year-Old Girl Near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Justine Barwick, from Tasmania, was swimming near a yacht in Queensland's exotic Whitsundays Islands on Wednesday night, when she was attacked by the shark.

Shark attacks are extremely rare in these waters and experts are stunned by the two shark attacks which occurred inside of 24 hours.

A woman in her mid-30s was being transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition this evening after being bitten by a shark while swimming in the Whitsundays.

UPDATE, 2.40pm: A paramedic has reached the child who was attacked by a shark at Cid Harbour, the Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed.

The hovering chopper drew the attention of John Hadok, an emergency doctor from Mackay Base Hospital, who was sailing nearby and soon joined the effort to save Ms Barwick's life.

She would likely have bled to death from a severe wound to her left thigh without the quick-thinking actions of people in nearby boats.

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"The last time was for Chelsea , when we won it", the 29-year-old said. We played a midfield that played a lot together past year . It's still so unbelievably hard .

While parts of the area has shark nets in place, they don't necessarily provide an impenetrable barrier between swimmers and sharks.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter is circling overhead at the moment.

She also suffered puncture wounds to her calf muscle.

"We were told there was arterial bleeding. quite a big chunk of the leg taken, a few small puncture wounds on her calf muscle".

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

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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