Dad fighting for life in hospital after violent shark attack

Brittany BishopFeb 20, 2017

Friends have banded together to support the dad, who suffered multiple bites to his femur and calf, losing consciousness as he was rushed to shore.

A man attacked by a shark on Saturday morning off the north Queensland coast owes his life to quick thinking friends who applied a tourniquet to his mauled leg, Queensland Ambulance Service said.

Glenn Dickson remains in a critical but stable condition in the Cairns Hospital.

It has been revealed one of Mr Dickson's friends was an ex navy officer with medical training. His condition is critical but stable.

He had jumped into the water from a rock, according to the Cairns Post.

Queensland Ambulance senior operations supervisor Neil Noble said everyone was "totally blown away" and labelled it a remarkable story of survival.

The type of shark involved has not been confirmed
The type of shark involved has not been confirmed

"Time is a major factor in cases like this".

A rescue helicopter arrived on scene just before midday and it is understood the victim had lost a significant amount of blood, with the worst of the injuries limited to just one leg.

'He's a caring person who is always there for his mates and family and is loved by many. Ballantyne plans to visit Dickson tomorrow, the Daily Mail Australia reported.

Bull sharks have an average size of between 7ft 4in and 7ft 9in (2.25m-2.4m), while tiger sharks can grow to sizes of between 10ft 8in and 13ft 11in (3.25m-4.25m).

The man was bitten by a 4m-long bull shark while diving in the waters.

A crowdfunding venture to assist Mr Dickson with his recovery has already raised more than $10,000 towards its $20,000 goal. Lee is expecting their third child.

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