Woman in serious condition after shark attack off Whitsunday Island

Miss Helen the horn shark was safely returned back to the aquarium

She remains in a critical condition.

Ms Barwick - who works for Family Based Care in north-west Burnie in northern Tasmania - was pulled out of the water and onto a nearby yacht, which happened to have a doctor on board.

She was then put into a dinghy to allow a rescue helicopter dispatched from mainland coastal town Prosperpine to winch her up.

A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia's tropical northeast coast on Thursday (Sep 20), an ambulance official said, the second attack in the tourist region in as many days.

A CHILD has been airlifted to hospital after being bitten by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays.

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

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Now she is fighting for life in a Mackay hospital, having been dragged from the water by her husband and other terrified tourists after a horrifying shark attack on Wednesday afternoon.

Queensland Ambulance Service Mackay manager of operations Tracey Eastwick told ABC she was very fortunate to have a doctor on the scene.

The Brisbane Times reports that the woman, 46, suffered significant injuries when she was attacked where she was swimming near a yacht in Cid Harbour, just off Whitsunday Island on Wednesday around 5pm.

It is unknown at this stage what age or gender the child is.

Queensland Ambulance also confirmed the young girl, who was in a critical condition, was being transported to nearby Mackay Hospital by helicopter.

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