English man's foot bitten off by shark in Australia

English man's foot bitten off by shark in Australia

English man's foot bitten off by shark in Australia

Two British male backpackers were left seriously injured in a shark attack off the coast of North Queensland, Australia, with one of the victims losing his foot.

Tragically, a 28-year-old man lost his foot as a result of the attack and a 22-year-old man suffered serious lacerations to his calf by what was believed to be the same shark, the Brisbane Times and News 9 reported.

They were snorkelling on a ZigZag Whitsundays boat in the Hook Passage when they were attacked around 10.20am.

An Australian man died last November after he was attacked while swimming at Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands.

The pair were in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital after being airlifted from the resort town of Airlie Beach, an official told AFP.

"My main concern today is for the welfare of these two people who have been injured by what appears to be a shark attack", she said. "It is deeply concerning for everyone to see another shark attack in this region, and, like always, there will be a full investigation".

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.

"We are going to have more and more of this happening until governments put public safety as their number one priority", he told AAP.

Ms Jones said counselling services have already been put into place by Tourism Queensland for those who witnessed this morning's very bad attack.

He said the entire area should be protected by a more robust shark control programme.

The Whitsundays, near the Great Barrier Reef, have been the scene of several shark incidents recently.

The men were brought to shore at Airlie Beach.

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.

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