Man loses foot in Whitsunday shark attack

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted an English tourist who had his foot bitten off by a shark and another person with serious lacerations in the Whitsundays.

The two men, aged in their thirties, were day tripping onboard a tourist vessel when they were attacked while swimming at Hook Passage, around 11km off the coast of Cid Harbour. 

The pair was taken by road ambulance from Abel Point Marina to the Whitsunday PCYC oval in Airlie Beach, where they were met by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

An RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said one of the men had his foot amputated in the attack, while the other suffered serious lacerations to his calf.

Both were airlifted onto Mackay Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.