Two British tourists have been seriously injured in a shark attack at a popular holiday spot in Australia. The men aged 22 and 28 were swimming in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands when they were attacked on Tuesday.
The shark had severed the older man’s foot and left the other tourist with leg wounds.
They were taken by a tour boat to shore and initially treated there, before being flown to hospital in a stable condition.
The Whitsunday Islands has seen a spike in shark attacks in recent times.
Authorities said both men were from England and had been snorkelling on a day cruise.
The attack occurred at Hook Passage, about 10km (6 miles) from where an Australian man was fatally bitten by a shark last November.
In September last year, within 24 hours two shark attacks a 12-year-old girl’s leg amputated.
Later after these incidents authorities culled six sharks in the area and installed drum lines. After a backlash authorities removed the suspended drum drain hooks which could impact on other marine life.
Unprovoked shark attacks have injured 10 people in Australia this year.