A Queensland man is undergoing emergency surgery in hospital in the state’s north after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing.Paramedics and a rescue helicopter were rushed to Britomart Reef, off Lucinda and around 140km north of Townsville, at around 12pm today after a distress beacon was set off.The patient, a 59-year-old man, had been spearfishing with a friend when the shark attacked and bit his thigh.
The friend of a man attacked by a shark in Queensland saved his life by applying a makeshift tourniquet.US Navy diver Rick Bettua was seriously hurt in the “catastrophic” shark attack on the Great Barrier Reef.Mr Bettua, 59, was mauled on the leg by a suspected bull shark while spearfishing at Britomart Reef, off Hinchinbrook Island near Lucinda, around 140km north of Townsville.
Flight critical paramedic Ruiyi Yin said while he had a pulse, Mr Bettua had to be resuscitated when they arrived.”His friend had applied a makeshift tourniquet which I think was absolutely critical in saving his life,” Ms Yin told Today.
“He had suffered a significant injury to his upper left thigh and also some significant blood loss as well.”Mr Bettua – who is a dive specialist with the US Navy and originally from Hawaii – was bitten yesterday afternoon at around 12pm.
- Queensland man fighting for life in Townsville after ‘catastrophic’ injuries from shark attack on Britomart reef
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