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Australia Shark bites off tourist's foot in Airlie Beach attack

11:26  29 october  2019
11:26  29 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Shark attack victim Alistair Raddon 'thought his mate had grabbed his leg'

  Shark attack victim Alistair Raddon 'thought his mate had grabbed his leg' Englishman Alistair Raddon lost his foot to a shark in Queensland's Whitsundays, but told his rescuers he had initially thought it was his mate grabbing him on the leg when the incident occurred.His friend, Danny Maggs, 22, was also mauled by the shark, which attacked them while they were snorkelling in Hook Passage in the Whitsundays yesterday morning.

A man had his foot bitten off and another was seriously injured in a shark attack off Australia' s northeast coast, officials in Queensland state said. The pair of tourists was on a snorkelling tour near Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands region when they were attacked on Tuesday.

Two British tourists have been seriously injured after being attacked by a shark off the coast of north Queensland in Australia. One of them, described as an English man, has had his foot bitten off while the other has "serious lacerations to his lower leg", authorities said.

A shark has bitten off a man's foot in an attack on two English tourists near Airlie Beach.

The men were on a tour with ZigZag Whitsundays, which runs snorkelling tours in the region, when they were attacked about 10.20am today.

Alistair Raddon, 28, had his right foot biten off and Danny Maggs, 22, suffered serious lacerations to his lower right leg.

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The boat reportedly made the emergency call from Hook Passage, a popular snorkelling spot about 20 minutes offshore from Airlie Beach.

Qld's shark control program questioned after two men are attacked

  Qld's shark control program questioned after two men are attacked Queensland's shark control program is again in the spotlight after a British backpacker lost a foot and another man was injured in the Whitsundays. The Opposition criticised the state government for recently dialing back its shark control program after it removed 27 shark drum lines from beaches stretching from the central to north Queensland coasts.On Monday one man lost his foot and another man suffered dour deep wounds to his right calf after they were mauled by a shark on Airlie Beach.The pair of backpackers were on a Whitsundays boat cruise and were snorkeling when the shark attacked.

An English tourist has had his foot bitten off and another has serious lacerations to his lower leg after the shark attack in the Whitsundays. #RACQ #CQRescue now headed to Airlie Beach to airlift two people bitten by a shark . Chopper will rendezvous with a vessel at Abel Point Marina.

THE tourists were rescued after the terrifying attack off Queensland' s popular Whitsunday coast on They had been swimming off Airlie beach near Hook Passage when at least one beast struck. It said: “We are very sorry to hear of the recent shark incident in Airlie Beach and hope for a speedy

Thankfully, two international paramedics were on the boat and were able to administer first aid.

They were transported to the Coral Sea Marina about 11am, before being taken to Mackay Hospital by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

Both remain in a serious but stable condition.

"He thought his mate had grabbed him really hard and turned around and saw there was blood in the water," RACQ CQ Rescue's Grant Bollington told 9News.

ZigZag thanked emergency services for their immediate response to their injured guests.

"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," they said in a statement.

The Whitsundays region has been the site of a number of shark attacks in the last year.

'We might have saved his life'

  'We might have saved his life' A Swedish nurse and paramedic who administered first aid to a British backpacker whose foot was bitten off by a shark say they believe they saved his life. Alistair Raddon, 28, and Danny Maggs, 22, were attacked one after the other by a shark after entering popular waters in Hook Passage near Airlie Beach yesterday morning.Mr Raddon's right foot was bitten off and the younger man's right calf was lacerated.

A rescue helicopter is heading to Airlie Beach in north Queensland to airlift two men it says who have been bitten by a shark . Paramedics are at Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach , where the two men are being brought in by boat. Queensland Ambulance Service said one man is in a serious condition and

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

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Victorian man Daniel Christidis, 33, died in November 2018 after being attacked at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island during a trip with friends and colleagues.

That incident followed separate attacks within 24 hours in September - also at Cid Harbour - on Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps.

Earlier this year a man was hospitalised after being bitten on the thigh in waters at Hardy Reef, about 50km northeast of Hamilton Island.

Drum lines were briefly installed in the Whitsundays region and six large sharks were killed following the September attacks, prompting heated debate within the community.

Just last month, the Queensland government was ordered by the federal court to end its shark culling program. Baited hooks were being used to lure sharks and if they were one of 19 target species – such as tiger or bull sharks – they were killed.

Experts told the court that killing sharks does not make a difference to the very rare chance of a shark attack.

A spokesman for Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the area was not part of the controversial shark controlled program which was suspended earlier this year.

"Airlie Beach has never been covered by the shark control program," he said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk believes the federal government should change laws to allow drum lines to go back into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

"I will not shy away from my stance that the drum lines need to go back in," she said.

British backpackers who were mauled by a shark while snorkelling in Australia ask for $250,000 to cover their medical bills - as one prepares for his leg to be amputated .
Alistair Raddon, 28, and his friend Danny Maggs, 22, were mauled during a snorkelling tour in the Whitsunday Islands last Tuesday. Mr Maggs' right calf was mangled and Mr Raddon's foot was bitten off before the screaming pair were hauled from bloody water and raced to shore.

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