Woman in serious condition after being bitten by shark in Whitsundays

The woman is in a serious but stable condition, having suffered “significant injuries” to her leg and torso.

The alarm was raised at 5.15pm on Wednesday afternoon after the woman was bitten while swimming near a yacht in Sawmill Bay.

A person has been bitten by a shark off Lindeman Island (pictured), in the Whitsundays. Source: AAP (File pic)

A RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was dispatched from the Proserpine area while a local doctor treated the woman at the scene.

She was then winched from a dinghy at Cid Harbour and flown to Mackay with a Queensland Ambulance Service critical care paramedic on board.

It is not yet known what type of shark attacked the woman.