The 59-year was airlifted from Britomart Reef to Townsville Hospital where he is being treated for a serious wound to his leg, with paramedics describing his injuries as "catastrophic". Police spokesman Andrew Cary told Australian broadcaster 9 News: "He was on a vessel with a friend, spear-fishing at the time when the attack happened."
A man is fighting for his life after a shark attack in Queensland (Image: 9 News)
Lifeflight doctor David Humphreys (Image: 9 News)
The obvious concern was catastrophic bleeding which we did our best to get control of
David Humphreys, a doctor with LifeFlight Australia, added: "There was obviously evidence of a very significant shark bite to the patient's upper thigh, pelvic region.
"He remained in a critical condition after our interventions and he's now undergoing emergency surgery here in the hospital.
"The obvious concern was catastrophic bleeding which we did our best to get control of.
"But knowing the definitive care is surgery for this patient, we wanted to stabilise him as far as we could."
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The man is taken to the waiting air ambulance (Image: 9 News)
Police spokesman Andrew Cary added: "He was on a vessel with a friend, spear-fishing at the time when the attack happened."
The 9 News report described a frantic effort to get the man back to shore to Dungeness boat rack.
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