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Man bitten by goanna in Whitsundays, victim’s dog killed in attack

The man was stabilised by responding paramedics before the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter landed at Whitsunday Airport about 5pm and flew him to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

“Due to the significance of the claws, the goanna, I imagine, could have had the potential for some significant life-threatening injuries,” Mr Tucker said.

“It’s definitely out of the ordinary and sounds like he was quite lucky.”

The RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman said the man was in considerable pain and was expected to undergo surgery on Thursday night after arriving at Mackay about 6.40pm.

“The man suffered a very serious laceration and possible fracture of his right forearm as well
as severe bleeding from his leg wound,” she said.

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