Shark incident involving two people in the Whitsundays, Queensland

Media Statement

Tourism Whitsundays and Whitsunday Regional Council

29. October 2019

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This morning at 10:26am AEST there was an incident involving two people in Hook Passage, we believe this was a shark incident.

Our first thoughts are with the two people involved in the incident and their welfare; as well as the other passengers and crew on the boat. On board the vessel were two passengers who are paramedics and provided immediate first aid.

Immediate counselling support was arranged for the passengers and crew, their welfare is also our priority. We would also like to commend the lightning response of our first responders and emergency services.

Their efforts have ensured the two people have been able to receive expert medical treatment very quickly.

Queensland Ambulance Service have advised that both people are in a serious but stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries. Our priority and focus now is ensuring the welfare of these two people and until we receive accurate and detailed information regarding the incident, we are unable to make any further comment.

Source: Tourism Whitsundays

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Statement by “ZigZag Whitsundays”

29. October 2019

We are saddened to confirm that two of our guests were injured in a shark attack this morning. Our thoughts are with them, their families and the other guests on the tour.

We are working with authorities to assist in any way we can. We have suspended our tours for today and will work closely with authorities regarding our upcoming tours.

We would also like to thank the VMR and RAVCQ CQ chopper for their immediate response in assisting our injured guests so quickly.

Source: ZigZag Whitsundays (Facebook)

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