A spearfisherman from Queensland who got attacked by a shark on Saturday had one of his legs amputated. The man, Glenn Dickson, a 25-year-old young father from South Mission Beach is doing well and is hoped to continue to improve.
On Saturday morning, Dickson jumped off a boat and went into the waters off Hinchinbrook Island. He was bitten by a shark afterward, causing severe loss of blood and loss of consciousness.
His three friends that were with him applied a tourniquet on the affected area and brought him to shore. Paramedics were alerted and the spearfisherman was rushed to the Cairns hospital.
At this point, Dickson was in a critical condition but stabilized. The paramedics believe that he was lucky that his outcome was not worse.
According to Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Neil Noble, the tourniquet, the pressure and the blood given to him on the way to the hospital saved the 25-year-old’s life, ABC reports. Noble cites that on the helicopter, Dickson was saying: “I really will survive this, this will be OK.”
The patient had to undergo five hours of surgery, which involved 16 doctors. Thankfully, medical workers were able to stabilize his condition.
His fiancée, Jessie-Lee Janssen, had a vigil beside his hospital bed. They say they need $50,000 but the community already helped them raise almost $20,000.
In his GoFundMe campaign, it said: “Glenn has a long battle ahead with his recovery after a shark bite to his leg – an attack that could have potentially been fatal if it wasn’t for the quick-thinking of his good mates whilst out on a leisurely fishing trip in the beautiful North Queensland. Whilst Glenn recovers (which will not be an easy road ahead) the bills still come flowing in – rent/car payments/insurances/food & fuel etc as well as the addition of Glenn and Jessie Lee’s third bundle of joy in June.”
According to Bond University shark attack expert Daryl McPhee, anyone who wishes to spearfish off the far north Queensland coast must take precautionary measures. They must use a personal shark deterrent, the ABC states.
“There is one device that creates an electric current around the person in the water … sharks have seven senses, and one of those senses is focused on detecting very small electrical currents in the water.” According to the expert, it is like listening to loud bad music. And it is worth every penny.