Man bitten by shark off Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The keen fisherman remained in a critical but stable condition on Monday morning.

A man is in a critical condition with severe injuries to his legs after being attacked by a shark in far north Queensland.

The ABC and NewsCorp Australia have reported that one of his legs was amputated during emergency surgery on Sunday.

He is being treated by paramedics on a jetty.

"The initial actions by three friends have definitely saved his life. because he was losing so much blood", he said.

The Cairns Post reports that a GoFundMe page has been set up to support Mr Dickson and his pregnant fiancée.

Family and friends, including his pregnant fiancee Jessie-Lee Janssen, maintained a bedside vigil as the community reached into their pockets to raise nearly $20,000 towards a $50,000 target.

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"Rent/car payments/insurances/food; fuel etc as well as the addition of Glenn and Jessie Lee's third bundle of joy in be able to take this burden off of this wonderful family would help in some ways, ease the pain of watching the man they love tackle the biggest emotional and physical hurdle of his life".

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Ambulance workers said he was "extremely lucky to have the outcome he's had so far".

They believe he was attacked by either a bull or tiger shark.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) spokesman senior operations supervisor Neil Noble said that the story was one of "remarkable" survival.

He was then flown by helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital, some 90 miles to the north.

  • Rita Burton