RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifts fisherman after shark attack

Bundaberg’s RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has flown a man to hospital, after he was reportedly bitten by a shark this afternoon.

It’s believed the man been fishing, off the coast of Fraser Island, when he caught what is believed to have been a Whitetip shark.

The patient told rescuers he was attempting to unhook the animal, from his fishing line, when it attacked his arm.

Other people, who were fishing with the man, reportedly helped to free him from the shark’s mouth.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the island just before 4pm.

The patient, aged in his 50s, was brought to shore by boat, to meet emergency services.

A Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Critical Care Flight Paramedic worked alongside local QAS paramedics to treat him for significant hand injuries.

The man was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, in a stable condition.