Child bitten in second Whitsundays shark attack in 24 hours

A 12-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays in the second attack in the area in just 24 hours.

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.

The RACQ Rescue Helicopter landed on the beach to retrieve them just before 3pm.

The child is in a serious condition with a “significant leg injury”.

A child has reportedly been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays in the second attack in just 24 hours. Image: Getty

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

Justine Barwick, 46, suffered a major injury to her upper left thigh in the attack and was bleeding profusely from the wound when she was pulled from the water at Cid Harbour about 5pm on Wednesday.

Fortunately for Ms Barwick, a rescue helicopter had been conducting a beacon search at nearby Proserpine when the call was sent out, enabling them to scramble to the attack scene within 15 minutes.

Just after 8pm Ms Barwick arrived at Mackay Base Hospital where she remains in a critical condition on Thursday morning after overnight surgery.

This comes just 24 hours after a  Tasmanian tourist was left fighting for life in hospital after a shark attack in the same spot. Photo: 7 News