Paramedics have been called to North West Island with reports a girl has been bitten by a shark.
Paramedics have been called to North West Island with reports a girl has been bitten by a shark.

UPDATE: 7-year-old treated in hospital for shark bite injury

UPDATE 9.20am Thursday: 

WIDE BAY Hospital Health Services have confirmed a 7-year-old girl arrived at Bundaberg Hospital at about 10pm last night after she was bitten by a shark near North West Island.

She arrived in a stable condition with injuries to her left foot and lower ankle. 

The girl is receiving treatment in hospital this morning. 

 

UPDATE 7.15am Thursday:

IT'S believed a primary-school aged girl was bitten by a lemon shark late yesterday afternoon near North West Island.

The girl was flown to Bundaberg Hospital by Bundaberg's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter last night.

The girl was reportedly swimming near North West Island, off the coast of Gladstone, when she was bitten by what's believed to be a lemon shark.

She sustained a bite to the back of her leg and puncture wounds to her foot. 

In a statement, Queensland Ambulance Service said that thankfully a registered nurse was on scene and immediately treated her injuries. 

Due to the location and for faster medical treatment, the girl and her mother were taken to Heron Island in a private vessel to meet with the rescue helicopter. 

A Queensland Ambulance Service flight paramedic treated the girl for minor injuries.

She was flown to Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

EARLIER 6.45pm Wednesday:

EMERGENCY services have been called to North West Island with reports a girl has been bitten by a shark.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the primary school-aged girl sustained a leg laceration from the potential minor shark bite while swimming in the Coral Sea off Yeppoon around 5.30pm.

A rescue helicopter and Volunteer Marine Rescue are assisting.

It is the second time a rescue helicopter has been called to the island in just over a week, after a man had to be flown to hospital after he was bitten by a shovel-nosed ray.

On December 30 the man in his mid-30s was flown from the island to Gladstone Hospital after he received minor injuries to his hands and knee.