Hamilton Island shark attack injuries not life-threatening
TWO people have been injured in a shark attack off Hamilton Island this morning.
A nine-year-old girl and woman aged in her 60s were bitten by a shark estimated at 1m in length in shallow water at Catseye Beach, off Resort Drive.
Both people are in a stable condition.
Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Ross Vickers told media about the girl's injuries.
"The young girl sustained a small soft tissue injury to her right foot, which is not threatening to the viability of the foot," Mr Vickers said.
"There's no life-threatening hemorrhaging involved with this or any other life-threatening injuries.
"The injury was 5-10cm in diameter."
Mr Vickers said the woman was treated for minor injuries, described as a "reasonable laceration", to her right lower leg.
"To my knowledge they were in shallow water," he said.
"The elderly lady identified what appeared to be a shark at the time, estimated to be 1m in length, which was also confirmed by some lifesavers at the beach."
Queensland Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 9.29am.
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday helped transport the girl to Proserpine Hospital.
A Hamilton Island spokesperson told the Whitsunday Times the two "sustained lacerations from a shark less than 1 metre long, during an incident off Catseye Beach this morning".
"Hamilton Island is part of the Whitsundays marine ecology and sharks are known to be present in the waters in the region," the spokesperson said.
"The priority at all times for Hamilton Island is the safety of our guests and closure and surveillance of Catseye Beach is ongoing."