Margaret River surfing competition on hold after shark attack

The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

THERE are reports of a second shark attack just kilometres away from where a surfer was bitten on the leg in Gracetown this morning.

A shark attack at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown, WA, put the event at Margaret River on hold.

The second victim, a 41-year-old man from Denmark, was attacked at Lefthanders beach about 2.40pm.

He is conscious and breathing and is being taken to the Royal Perth Hospital by RAC Rescue.

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.

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Surf Life Saving Western Australia confirmed the shark sighting after receiving a report from the public.

"The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously body surfing 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".

"It was a large shark and from the way it was behaving, it would have been a white pointer".

Mr Jovic said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" after the attack.

The World Surf League have tweeted that they will be putting the World Surf League on hold as a result of the incident.

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Heats had today returned to Main Break in Prevelly but the competition was suspended after the attack.

The Margaret River Pro began last Friday and had been taking place in Gracetown over the weekend.

"We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown", organisers said on Monday.

"Typically we have three or four in the water dedicated to surfer safety and also to our shark safety protocol and we've stepped that up now, we've actually got seven in the line-up and we've increased our drone presence to two". The safety of our surfers & staff is a top priority.

Hawaiian pro surfer John John Florence had a close encounter while surfing in the region in the lead up to the competition. "We saw a splash", John John explains in the video, "so we put the contest on hold and made a decision to put the drone up to check out what was going on... and we found two sharks".

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