Gracetown shark attack: Second surfer injured in South West

Gracetown shark attack: Second surfer injured in South West

A man has been bitten by a shark off the coast of Western Australia, prompting authorities to close down the nearby Margaret River Pro global surfing event.

The man in his 30's was attacked at Cobblestone surfing spot before 8:00am this morning.

"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment.it was very similar to that, where a shark pretty much popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board", Jovic told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

A witness to the Gracetown shark attack spoke to ABC Breakfast about the incident. "There was a lot more thrashing around".

Friends used the rope from the victim's board as a tourniquet and gave him first aid until emergency crews arrived from Margaret River within six minutes, according to a St John Ambulance spokesman.

He was treated on the beach by paramedics before being flown 160 miles by helicopter to a hospital in Perth, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

[I] saw the guy who had been attacked get separated from the [surf] board and then start to paddle for an inside wave, which he managed to body surf all the way in.

The attack forced an worldwide surfing competition nearby, the World Surf League's (WSL) Margaret River Pro 2018, to be put on hold.

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The attack happened around 15km away from where round-two women's heats of the Margaret River Pro were being held at Main Point.

It's understood the sharks could be in the area due to a whale carcass reported by Fisheries, and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions officers are working towards its removal.

Mr Newland said the man was conscious the whole time.

He said the incident emphasised the need to do more, including using SMART drumlines, rather than the Labor government's subsidised shark deterrent devices.

Another witness, Brett Newland, told the station it was a "large shark" and that "from the way it was behaving, it would have been a white pointer" - better known as a great white.

"The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority for the WSL".

"The current policies are simply not adequate".

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