A young Irish jockey has lost his foot in a horrific accident while on holiday.

Brendan McDonagh, 23, had his right foot amputated following the accident on the holiday island of Koh Samui in Thailand.

Brendan, from Knockerasser, Moycullen in Co Galway was enjoying the short break in Koh Samui after spending two years as a work rider in Australia.

He had stopped off in Thailand for the holiday on his way back home to Ireland to resume his riding career.

Brendan had hired a motorbike on Koh Samui and was riding it when he was involved in the accident at the weekend. He was rushed to a local hospital with severe injuries and needed emergency surgery.

Doctors were unable to save his right foot and have also operated on a severely broken right arm and damaged shoulder.

He sustained nerve damage to his right side and also has a significant injury to his jaw.

Since the accident he has been heavily medicated to deal with the pain arising from his injuries.

Source: Young Irish jockey loses foot after horrific holiday tragedy