Hunt for shark after two attacks

A person has been bitten by a shark off Lindeman Island, in the Whitsundays. Source AAP More

Two people, including a young girl, have been attacked by sharks in separate incidents in the same harbor in Australia's Whitsunday Islands in the past 24 hours.

As they hovered overhead, it drew the attention of off-duty emergency doctor Dr John Hadok, who was on a nearby yacht.

Mackay Base Hospital last night confirmed the woman was in a critical condition after losing a significant amount of blood in the attack.

RACQ CQ Rescue told The Courier-Mail the medical crew had described her injuries as "absolutely horrific".

Queensland Ambulance Services Manager of the Rockhampton Operations Centre Mindy Thomas said the helicopter was dispatched from Mackay and a paramedic sent from Hamilton Island.

She was "conscious but critical" when she was moved from Proserpine to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving just after 8pm, Ms Eastwick said.

"The injuries today are again a shark attack maul bite to the patient's thigh area with significant blood loss and serious injuries", said ambulance officer Tracey Eastwick.

The 12-year-old girl, a tourist from New Zealand, had been in the water near Cid Harbour when she was bitten about 1.45pm, prompting the deployment of the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

A rescue helicopter which scrambled to pick her up was just 15 minutes away from the scene due to an earlier operation.

Barwick was badly hurt on the upper right leg, said a doctor who assisted at the scene.

The injured woman and two others had to be put into a dinghy and repositioned about 100 metres from the yacht because it lacked an open deck.

WHEN Bobby Macdonald responded to a mayday call late yesterday afternoon, he did not expect to be faced with a shark attack.

The Whitsunday Islands, near the Great Barrier Reef, are a popular tourist destination.

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

"Sharks can cover very large distances, so the chances of catching the same animal responsible for one of the attacks is very unlikely", she said.

Dramatic footage of the second life-saving shark attack rescue mission in as many days in the Whitsundays has been captured by a helicopter paramedics' body-cam.

"Fisheries Queensland has organised for the Queensland Shark Control Program contractor based at Mackay to deploy three shark control drumlines in the area tomorrow morning", the department said in a statement. Local authorities have reportedly warned holidaymakers and locals not to swim in the area.

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