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Shark Attack Near Gracetown

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

BC-AS-Australia-Shark Attack, 1st Ld-Writethru, 265 Surfer mauled by shark swims to shore despite leg injuriesEds: Adds detail and witness accountA surfer mauled by a shark off southwest Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness said. "There was a lot more thrashing around".

The shark attack victim was flown to hospital after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope.

St John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said the man, in his 30s, was surfing at Gracetown today when he was attacked.

The Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing competition, which is about 15km away from the attack, was suspended for about one hour, but then resumed at Main Break with Kiwi Hareb one of the two surfers who went back in the water first.

"Surfer and staff safety are top priorities for the World Surf League", a spokeswoman said.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic saw the attack on Mr Travaglini and said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" afterwards.

Lifeguards said a 4-meter (13-foot) shark was spotted off a nearby beach two hours after the attack.

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Several beaches in the Gracetown area were closed in the wake of the attack, including Lefthanders, where the Department of Fisheries reported the presence of a whale carcass.

The attack prompted the World Surf League to postpone the nearby Margaret River Pro global surfing contest.

It comes after Hawaiian two-time surfing world champion John John Florence and his brother had a close encounter with two large sharks last week and posted drone footage on social media.

A professional surfing event off Western Australia was briefly suspended Monday after a shark attack nearby.

First a Brazilian surfer was airlifted from Cobblestones reportedly being hit by a four-metre Great White, then another surfer was stoic at Lefthanders.

"Authorities have worked together throughout the day to ensure the safety of other beach users. boats have been patrolling the water".

"The current policies are simply not adequate".


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