'Shark Incident' Puts Margaret River Event on Hold

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

"They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding".

The victim was flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he remains in a stable condition and will have surgery.

Mick Fanning was about to fight for a World Surf competition circuit victory in South Africa, when the battle turned to one for his life.

"(I) saw the guy who had been attacked get separated from the board and then start to paddle for an inside wave, which he managed to body surf all the way in", witness Peter Jovic told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"A shark popped up and pretty much ended up knocking a surfer from his board", he said.

"There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on".

The hospital described the victim's condition as stable.

"The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously bodysurfing into a little wave and getting pushed in by a local at the same time, who was out there with him, and making it to shore before everyone came to his aid".

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

Surf Life Saving WA said a shark was spotted at Cobblestones surfing spot.

Beach closures are in place for the Gracetown area, including North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders.

A surfer was killed by a shark at Gracetown in 2013.

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.

Once news filtered through, the WSL put the event on hold for about an hour.

The Shark Smart website said a decomposing whale carcass closeby may be what attracted the predator.

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