Victorian girl fighting for her life after shark attack

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2018

Her father accompanied her on the flight.

The girl was was intially reported as believed to be a New Zealander, but reports now say she may live in Victoria and have connections to New Zealand.

The 12-year-old's family thanked her rescuers, along with paramedics and staff at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

Ms Thomas said the water police vessel ferried the girl from the boat she was on to Whitsunday Island so she could be loaded into the waiting helicopter.

The girl was bitten on the thigh by a shark at Cid Harbour.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Flying Doctor Service confirmed the 12-year-old girl from Melbourne is scheduled to be flown via fixed wing aircraft to Brisbane from Mackay Airport at 10am.

The Brisbane Times reports that the girl was with her father and sister when she was attacked, and was given pain relief and three pints of blood on the flight to Mackay hospital, where a trauma team was waiting on her arrival.

The last attack in the area was eight years ago.

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

In that incident, one of the first paramedics at the scene credited the quick actions of Mackay Base Hospital doctor John Hadok, who was on a nearby vessel, with saving her life.

Ms Barwick has also been transferred to Brisbane and is in a stable condition in the intensive care unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Melbourne girl Hannah Papps, 12, was bitten by a shark just one day after Justine Barwick.

Barwick is the operations manager with the Tasmanian community care organisation Family Based Care (FBC).

Sea World marine services director Trevor Long told reporters shark attacks were "very unlucky and extremely unfortunate" in the "relatively safe" Whitsundays.

The charter company has notified its current customers against swimming to refrain from swimming in Cid Harbour and the broader Whitsundays "for the foreseeable future" and said it is working with relevant government agencies in relation to both incidents.

"We don't normally go out and search for any sharks that may have been involved in a shark attack, but due to the nature of these multiple attacks, Fisheries Queensland is going to deploy three drum lines in a bid to try and catch some of the sharks in that area", he added.

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