Two British holidaymakers were reportedly badly injured in a shark attack while snorkelling in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.

The shark severed one man’s foot and left the other tourist with leg wounds, paramedics said.

The men, aged 22 and 28, were taken by a tour boat to shore and initially treated there, before being flown to hospital in a stable condition.

The Whitsunday Islands – near the Great Barrier Reef – have seen other shark attacks in recent times.

Authorities said both men were from England and had been snorkelling on a day cruise.

The attack occurred at Hook Passage, about six miles from where an Australian man was fatally bitten by a shark last November.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman told the BBC: “One of the male patients was attacked first and the shark is believed to have returned and come back and attacked the second patient.”