British tourist's foot is bitten off by shark
A British backpacker has had his foot bitten off, and another has been left with severe leg injuries following a shark attack off the Queensland coast in Australia.
Alistair Raddon (28), from Southampton, and Danny Maggs (22), from Plymouth, were bitten while snorkelling in the waters around the Whitsunday Islands, the scene of a number of shark attacks in recent years.
Both men were taken back to shore by a tourist boat before being airlifted to hospital where they underwent emergency surgery and were said to be recovering last night.
Medical staff who treated the pair said that despite their injuries they had been well enough to joke about England progressing further than the Australians in the Rugby World Cup.
Tracey Eastwick, from the Queensland Ambulance Service, said it is believed the shark attacked one man first before returning and going for his companion.
She said that the men had initially been treated by two paramedics who happened to be on board their tourist boat as guests.
The medics - who were thought to be German or Belgian nationals - applied tourniquets to the wounds in order to stem the bleeding, which doctors said had almost certainly saved the lives of the British pair.