Whitsundays shark attack: Victim’s selfless first words revealed

Shark victim Justine Barwick has used her first words since the Whitsundays attack to apologise, telling her husband “sorry I have caused so much trouble.”

In a statement released on Monday, Craig Barwick said his wife has spoken for the first time since being mauled at Cid Harbour last Wednesday.

“In typical Justine fashion, her first words to me were ‘sorry I have caused so much trouble’ and she is asking after the welfare of family and friends,” Craig said.


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The 46-year-old was was one of two holiday-goers bitten within the same area in 24 hours.

Melbourne schoolgirl Hannah Papps was bitten on the leg while swimming in the harbour on Thursday, just a day after Justine was bitten on her thigh.

The 12-year-old remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

In the statement, Mr Barwick also thanked the public for their generous offers to raise money, but politely said it was not needed.

“While we are very grateful for these offers, there are others within the community who genuinely need the assistance,” he said.

“We are fortunate enough to be able to manage in these circumstances.”

Justine remains in a stable condition at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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