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Young girl attacked by shark while swimming in Queensland

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A seven-year-old girl attacked by a shark off Queensland has a bite wound to the back of her leg, and puncture wounds to her foot.

A seven-year-old girl attacked by a shark off Queensland has a bite wound to the back of her leg, and puncture wounds to her foot.

The Brisbane girl, who was on holiday with her family, is recovering in hospital after she was attacked near North West Island off the central Queensland coast about 5.30pm yesterday.

Paramedics say the girl was lucky a registered nurse was in the area when the shark struck, and was able to stem the bleeding.

A 9-year-old has been airlifted to hospital after being bitten on the leg by a shark.

A private boat rushed the girl to Heron Island, about 40 minutes away, where a rescue chopper was waiting.

She was taken to the Bundaberg hospital in a stable condition.

The girl was reportedly swimming when she was attacked by what's believed to be a lemon shark.

It's the second time in two weeks someone was airlifted by the Bundaberg rescue helicopter after a suspected shark attack.

A man in his 30s was treated for injuries to his hand and knee, reportedly caused by a shovel nose shark, on December 30 and flown to Gladstone Hospital in a stable condition.

The girl and her family are regulars to the island. Tourism operators are keen to reassure the public the area is safe.

"Be shark smart, no swimming at dawn or dusk, don't dump fish scraps on the beach," Adam Balkin fro Curtis Ferry Services said.

Initial reports suggested the girl was aged nine. This was incorrect.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/bitten-on-the-leg-by-shark-queensland-yeppoon/7d82ecdd-08e9-4615-a041-bc836b86c065

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