Shark attack victim in critical condition, rushed to surgery

A woman has been bitten on the leg in a shark attack off Whitsunday Island

"The child is in a critical but stable condition at this time".

A doctor happened to be on a nearby yacht and helped slow the bleeding before a rescue helicopter arrived.

'By all accounts it was very serious and without the rescue helicopter she probably would have died, but those people did save her life by stopping the haemorrhaging, ' she said.

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

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.

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

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The 46-year-old remains in a critical condition after being bitten on the upper left leg, in what witnesses described as a horrific ordeal.

On Thursday at 1.45pm, Queensland Ambulance confirmed paramedics were on their way to the Cid Harbour to reports the female victim has been bitten on the leg.

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

The rescue helicopter, which Mr Doherty says was already in the air when the attack happened, took her to Mackay Base Hospital.

This comes just 24 hours after a Tasmanian tourist was left fighting for life in hospital after a shark attack in the same spot.

Ms Barwick works for non-profit Family Based Care in Burnie and had travelled to the Whitsundays on a holiday with her husband Craig and friends.

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