British tourist has foot bitten off in shark attack

A British tourist has had his foot bitten off by a shark while snorkelling in Australia.

The man, 28, was with a companion, 22, in the waters of Hook Passage in northern Queensland when they were attacked.

They were brought seven miles by boat to the town of Airlie Beach on the Australian mainland, where paramedics were waiting.

They were then taken by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Mackay, about 590 miles north of Brisbane, in serious but stable conditions.

The Associated Press quoted the hospital as saying the older man had lost his foot in the attack while the younger had suffered serious lacerations to his calf.

ZigZag Whitsundays, operators of the tour the two men were on, said: “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.”

The shark attack comes almost a year after a Melbourne man was killed in the Whitsundays.

In September last year a Tasmanian tourist and 12-year-old girl were attacked on consecutive days – the child lost a leg.

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