The off-duty paramedics who saved two British backpackers after being hit by a shark while snorkeling in Australia swore to drink a beer with the couple.
Billy Ludvigsson, 32, and Emma Andersson, 33, both from Sweden, took action when two men were seriously injured during their boat trip on Tuesday in the Whitsunday Islands, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Alistair Raddon, 28, from Southampton, had bit his right foot and his friend Danny Maggs, 22, suffered a deep wound to his calf.
Ludvigsson and Mrs. Andersson have been praised as heroes because they have remedied Mr Raddon's bleeding by making improvised tourniquet from ropes and towels.
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Danny Maggs, 22, from Plymouth, is smiling and gives a & # 39; hang loose & # 39; hand gesture to the camera while being loaded into a helicopter after being bitten by a shark
Maggs swam alongside friend Alistair Raddon near the Whitsunday Islands when the attack took place
& # 39; I think we might have saved his life, he was bleeding so much, it was a long boat ride back to the coast, if he had continued to bleed so much to the coast, I am not sure if he made it , & # 39; Mr. Ludvigsson told reporters.
The couple, who live together in Sweden, stepped back on the boat when they heard the deafening screams.
& # 39; Then we heard something about sharks, but then we heard more screams & # 39 ;, Andersson said.
& # 39; We hurried up the ladder, it took a while for the injured person to get on the boat, we saw that he was seriously injured missing a foot, so we started taking care of his injuries. & # 39;
Although the couple admitted that they have seen worse injuries in their work, the circumstances made it particularly shocking.
They said it took a few seconds to prepare mentally for help.
They said the British couple despite their injuries & # 39; good-humored & # 39; and joked during the boat trip back to the coast.
Both Mr Ludvigsson and Mrs Andersson said that they would like to catch up with the men at some point.
Billy Ludvigsson, 32, (right) and Emma Andersson, 33, (left), both from Sweden, took action when two men were seriously injured on their boat trip on Tuesday in the Whitsunday Islands, near the Great Barrier Reef,
Mr Raddon (photo) had bit his right foot during the attack, which happened when he was fighting Mr Maggs in the water
The attack occurred at 10.17 am during a snorkeling trip. Mr Maggs (photo) and Mr Raddon were brought back to the coast with a tour boat before they were taken to the hospital by helicopter
& # 39; It would be cool to have a beer with him & # 39 ;, said Mr. Ludvigsson.
& # 39; We really love it, & # 39; said Mrs. Andersson.
Mr. Raddon and Mr. Maggs were operated on Wednesday and released a statement thanking their rescuers for their help.
& # 39; We would like to thank everyone involved in our care, from the people on the boat to the ambulance, the CQ Rescue helicopter and the Mackay Base Hospital.
& # 39; Everyone has addressed our situation well and has remained calm and we are very grateful for your help.
& # 39; Thank you also to friends and family at home for your messages of love and support. We are very grateful to everyone, wherever you are. & # 39;
Keith Maggs, Danny's father, said his son spent four hours on the operating table to perform the first repairs before going under the knife a second time.
Mr. Maggs said that his son, a plumber, called him in between operations and described his ordeal as & # 39; terrifying & # 39; and said he was happy that his injuries were not worse.
Danny & # 39; s grandfather, Terry, told Mail Online: & # 39; He could have been killed. We all feel relieved that it wasn't worse.
& # 39; Danny qualified as a plumber in Plymouth and then went on a trip. He has been away from home for over a year and is working on the road. & # 39;
The attack took place at 10.17 am while the pair swam in the ocean off Hook Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, a popular tourist spot.
Both men took part in a snorkeling trip when the attack took place, with doctors saying they were playing and hit the water at that time.
Mr. Maggs suffered serious injuries to his right calf during the attack, which happened while playing and & # 39; thrashing & # 39; was in the ocean with friend Alistair Raddon
Raddon let his right foot & # 39; amputated & # 39; when he was attacked by a shark while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Eastern Australia
Grant Bollington, who was part of the helicopter crew that flew the couple to the hospital, told the Queensland Times: & (39) (Alistair) said they were struggling in the water.
& # 39; He thought his partner grabbed his leg very hard and turned around and saw blood in the water. & # 39;
Danny & # 39; s mother Rachel, who is on vacation in Malta, said: & # 39; We are in shock and we are thousands of miles away, so we cannot do much at the moment.
& # 39; We hope for the best.
& # 39; It sounds like the young man with Danny has gotten worse, but we don't yet fully know what Danny & # 39; s injuries are. We hope both will be fine. & # 39;
Social media reports show that Alistair has been traveling since 2017 when he started uploading photos from Vietnam to his Instagram profile.
From there he went to Cambodia and Laos and then to Thailand before entering Malaysia in early 2018.
Alistair uploaded this photo of himself that swam four days before it was attacked by the shark on the Great Barrier Reef
Danny Maggs has been traveling since at least 2017, according to social media reports showing that he visited Vietnam and Bali before traveling to Australia
Alistair Raddon has also been traveling since 2017 and also visited Vietnam before coming to Australia the following year
The couple had participated in a ZigZag day tour from Airlie Beach, in Queesland, when they were attacked
He then went to Singapore in February that year before returning briefly to the UK and traveling around Ireland and mainland Europe.
In January of this year he flew to Australia, where it seems that he has stayed since then.
It seems that Danny Maggs also started traveling in Southeast Asia in 2017, when he uploaded a series of photos from Vietnam.
He was on his way to Bali in March of the following year, before arriving in Australia about eight months later.
It does not seem that the two men had traveled much together, despite sharing similar routes, although they are listed on Facebook as & # 39; friends & # 39 ;.
A photo posted on Mr Raddon's Instagram profile on Monday shows the couple together on Magnetic Island, about 150 miles along the coast from where the attack took place.
It is not clear how long they have known each other before the fateful journey to the Whitsundays.
Depicted is the view from the helicopter cockpit as it lands at Mackay Base Hospital, where the couple is in serious but stable condition
Recent shark attacks on the Whitsundays
September 19, 2018: Justine Barwick, 46, miraculously survived a horrible shark bite while swimming a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays.
A passing yacht found the Tasmanian woman with life-threatening bites on her right thigh and helped her out of the water.
Justine Barwick, 46, survived a horrific shark bite while swimming a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays in September last year
September 20, 2018: Hannah Papps, 12, from Melbourne, lost her leg after being bitten by a shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays.
The young girl's thigh had a large piece of meat torn off by the shark at the popular tourist spot Cid Harbor.
Hannah was transported from the beach to Mackay Base Hospital by the CQ CareFlight paramedical staff.
Hannah Papps, 12, lost her leg after being bitten by a shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays, just one day after Mrs. Barwick in the same area (pictured with Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole)
November 7, 2018: Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island.
The emerging doctor was to participate in a five-day sailing vacation around the Whitsunday Islands when it was attacked at 5.30 p.m.
During the attack, the 33-year-old was bitten in the left thigh, right calf and left wrist, the last of which was reportedly wounded during the defense of the predator.
At that time there were more than a dozen yachts in the harbor and some tourists managed to save Mr. Christidis with their dinghy.
They brought him back to his own yacht, where most of the group had medical backgrounds, including two doctors, but they couldn't help him.
Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island
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