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Shark Attack Near Gracetown

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

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

Image: An RAC rescue helicopter at the scene.

The man was reportedly bitten while surfing at Gracetown, where the Margaret River Pro is held.

Two men have been separately attacked by a shark in Western Australia, with one managing to walk to an ambulance and the other bodysurfing back to shore where friends applied a tourniquet to stem his bleeding. "We saw a splash", John John explains in the video, "so we put the contest on hold and chose to put the drone up to check out what was going on... and we found two sharks".

A witness to the Gracetown shark attack spoke to ABC Breakfast about the incident.

A spokeswoman for the event said the surf contest was under way at Margaret River's main break at the time of the attack. "The #MargiesPro is on hold while we work with local authorities".


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"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. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

"Surfer and staff safety are top priorities for the WSL and when competition resumes, further enhanced safety measures, including ski and drone presence, will be added to the event's mitigation protocols".

"The World Surf League (WSL) has been alerted to a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown", a WSL spokesman said.

Jovic said he saw the man catch a wave "which he managed to body-surf all the way in".

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.

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