Kiwi girl 'critical' after shark attack

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 22, 2018

Bond University shark attack expert Daryl McPhee said while the likelihood of being attacked by a shark is slim, the Great Barrier Reef has a higher population of sharks than other areas.

Hannah Papps - who lives in Melbourne with her New Zealand parents - remains in a critical condition in a Queensland hospital.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service delivered her to the specialist care she needs after her holiday turned to horror.

A press release from the rescue helicopter said the team on board described the girl's injury as "absolutely horrific".

Her two daughters plan to fly from Tasmania to Queensland when their mother is less heavily sedated.

Hannah was on holiday with her father and sister.

The girl's father was with her on the flight to McKay Base Hospital where she had emergency surgery on her injured leg.

Queensland Ambulance Service Rockhampton operations centre manager Mindy Thomas said two paramedics and a doctor responded to the attack with the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

The rescue helicopter landed on the shore of Whitsunday Island and water police ferried the helicopter's doctor and paramedic out to the vessel Miss Denero.

The ABC reports the 12-year-old is due to to be transferred from hospital in McKay to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane today.

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A 12-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in what is the second attack at Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands in 24 hours.

The attack on the girl was reported just before 1.45pm (3.45pm NZT) on Thursday.

The incident occurred within 24 hours of an attack on a Tasmanian women in the same area.

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

She was bitten just below the groin and suffered major blood loss. "There was quite a lot of blood around the boat", he said. "She's very lucky to be alive".

Both remain in critical condition with Ms Barwick in Brisbane and the child at Mackay Base Hospital.

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

The likelihood one rogue shark is responsible for the two attacks in less than 24 hours in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands is nearly nil, shark experts said.

The girl was air-lifted to hospital after being bitten on the leg while swimming in the Whitsundays in northeastern Australia, first responders said.

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