BREAKING | Man’s foot “bitten off” in horror Whitsundays shark attack

UPDATE @ 1.20 PM | An English tourist has had his foot bitten off and another has serious leg injuries following a horror shark attack in Queensland’s Whitsundays.

The pair, believed to be aged in their 30s, were on a Whitsundays day tour when they were bitten by the shark off the coast of Airlie Beach around 10.20am on Tuesday.

According to the RACQ rescue helicopter, the two men said they were “wrestling and thrashing about in the water” in Hook Passage when the attack occurred.


They were transported by boat to Abell Point Marina where they were treated for serious lower limb injuries, before being flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a serious condition.

“Both male patients suffered serious and significant lower limb injuries, and although they are conscious and alert, they were both in serious conditions upon airlifting to Mackay Hospital,” a Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said.

The attack comes just one month after all shark control equipment was removed from 27 beaches in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones told myGC the incident is “deeply concerning”, but stressed that “there has never been drumlines in this particular region.”

“This is very upsetting for everybody in Queensland… Our thoughts and prayers are with the two people that have been involved in this incident,” the Minister said.

“Until the incident this year, we hadn’t seen a shark attack in the Whitsundays for over a decade… It is deeply concerning for everyone to see another shark attack in this region, and, like always, there will be a full investigation.”

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

“Our thoughts are with those people that have been attacked and also with the witnesses that were on this tour boat as well,” the Minister said.

“On behalf of the Queensland Government, I want to thank the first responders on scene… we saw very fast response times with the RACQ rescue helicopter and also other people that came to their aid with the highest medical need as quickly as possible.”

EARLIER @ 11.00 AM | TWO men have been attacked by a shark at Airlie Beach, in Queensland’s Whitsundays.

Emergency crews were called around 10.20am on Tuesday after the pair were bitten on the legs.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson says the two men, aged in their 30s, have suffered “serious lower limb injuries” and are currently being treated by paramedics.

“Two patients are being transported by road to a location on Proserpine Shute Harbour Road where they will meet up with the rescue helicopter,” a QAS spokesperson said.

Both men are in a serious condition.

More to come.