English Tourist Loses Foot In Whitsundays Shark Attack

An English tourist has had his foot bitten off by a shark and another has suffered serious lacerations to his lower leg while swimming in the Whitsundays on October 29.

 RACQ CQ Rescue airlifted the two Englishmen, believed to be in their 30s, to Mackay Base Hospital, both arriving in a serious but stable condition at 12.40pm.

The men, believed to be day tripping on board a tourist vessel, suffered serious injuries to their legs in the attack while swimming in Hook Passage, a popular snorkelling spot about 11km from Cid Harbour.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 10.30am and touched down on the Whitsunday PCYC oval in Airlie Beach about 11am.

The two men were transported from Hook Passage back to the mainland by boat, a 20-minute trip, and taken by ambulance from Abell Point Marina to the oval sports oval to meet the rescue helicopter with a doctor, Critical Care Paramedic and rescue crewman on board.

An RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said one of the men had his foot amputated in the attack, while the other suffered serious lacerations to his calf.

The helicopter had to be reconfigured for a dual stretcher transfer and was on the ground in Airlie Beach for about 40 minutes while the patients were transported to the oval from the marina and prepared for the flight. Both were conscious and had been given pain relief by paramedics on scene.

The two patients arrived at Mackay Base Hospital on board the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter in a serious but stable condition at 12.40pm.