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Shark bites off snorkeler's foot, another hurt in Australian attack

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Published on October 29, 2019 - Duration: 00:51s

Shark bites off snorkeler's foot, another hurt in Australian attack

A British man had his foot bitten off and another was injured in a shark attack off Australia's northeast coast on Tuesday, emergency officials in Queensland state said.

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Shark bites off snorkeler's foot, another hurt in Australian attack

The pair of tourists were on a snorkeling tour near Airlie Beach in the popular Whitsunday Passage region when they were attacked.

They were flown by helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital, about 950 km (590 miles) north of the state capital, Brisbane, in a serious but stable condition, Queensland Ambulance Service Mackay Operations Manager Tracey Eastwick said.

The men told the rescue crew they were wrestling and thrashing about in the water when the attack occurred.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said a 28-year-old man had his right foot bitten off in the attack and that the second man, aged 22, suffered serious calf lacerations.

Eastwick said there was believed to be two international paramedics on board the same tour boat as the victims and they began first aid treatment.

There have been at least four shark attacks in the Whitsundays since September last year, one of them fatal.

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