Shark attack victim would be dead if not for his friends
THE friends of a man who was bitten multiple times on the leg by a shark in waters off far north Queensland saved his life with their rapid first aid response, paramedics say.
Cairns resident Glenn Dickson was spearfishing with three friends off Hinchinbrook Island, which lies east of Cardwell, when he was attacked about 10:30am.
Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Martin Taylor said the 26-year-old suffered severe blood loss with multiple bites to his upper and lower leg.
"The friends have immediately pulled him out of the water and applied emergency first aid," Mr Taylor said.
"They put a tourniquet up high and tight on his femur and stopped the subsequent bleeding which was quite significant.
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