Shark attack backpackers joked about rugby mauling

TWO backpackers mauled by a shark in the Whitsundays teased paramedics about England's win over the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup as they were flown to hospital.

Despite one of them, 28-year-old Alistair Raddon from Southhampton, losing a foot in the attack, paramedics told the Daily Mail UK both were in good spirits during the flight.

His mate, 22-year-old Danny Maggs, who suffered serious lacerations to is leg, has told friends back in the UK: "I'm OK - it was a bit scary".

Paramedics onboard the rescue helicopter were told by the men that they were wrestling in the water play-fighting when they were attacked.

They told the Daily Mail UK both were discussing rugby and joking with their rescuers about England's 40-16 victory over Australia 10 days earlier.

Alistair Raddon, a plumber, was working his way around Australia. Picture: Facebook
Alistair Raddon, a plumber, was working his way around Australia. Picture: Facebook

Despite being in good spirits, Mr Maggs's mother Rachel, who is holidaying in Malta, said: "The impact of the attack is not lost on them.

"We're in shock and we're thousands of miles away so can't do much at the moment.

"We're hoping for the best."

Both men had surgery overnight and are in a stable condition.

Mr Maggs is a plumber who was working his way around Australia. His friend Jamie Dart, said he'd received a message from Mr Maggs saying he was doing well.

"His parents said he was bearing up and was in safe hands. He is a really good lad, a hard worker who wanted to go and explore the world."

 

Danny Maggs was in good spirits despite the shark attack. Picture: Instagram
Danny Maggs was in good spirits despite the shark attack. Picture: Instagram

 

A tourist on the boat, Chien Wang, said most of the group was were still in the water when she heard someone shout "shark".

"At first I didn't think it was serious," she said.

"Then he kept shouting."

She said the men were helped back to the boat by a crew member on a paddleboarder.

The Foreign Office said: "We are in contact with Australian authorities following reports that two British men have been involved in an incident in Queensland."

 



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