Cobblestones surfing spot and beaches around Gracetown have been closed. Pic: ABC News: Gian de Poloni
A whale carcass washed up on the beach near the site of the shark incident. Pic: ABC News: Gian De Poloni
Jason Longrass was bitten just hours after Alejandro Travaglini. He hadn't realised the beach was closed, and saw a four-metre white pointer "Beelining straight at me … and it just nailed the board."
16 April 18
"It swam under a couple of guys and came around and bit a third person!" A man is in a stable condition in hospital after he was bitten by a shark near Gracetown in Western Australia's South West, with the attack forcing the temporary suspension of the Margaret River Pro international surfing competition.
The man was attacked at Cobblestones surfing spot shortly before 8:00am, with an ambulance crew from Margaret River and a rescue helicopter sent to the scene, about 270 kilometres south of Perth.
The surfer suffered leg injuries and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital [RPH], where he is recovering from surgery and is expected to be transferred to the trauma unit.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said paramedics on the ground reported that first aid from the man's friends was crucial in the moments after the attack, as they used a leg rope to stem blood flow.
Surf photographer Peter Jovic witnessed the attack from the beach and said it reminded him of Mick Fanning's encounter with a shark at Jeffreys Bay.
"There was a lot more thrashing around. After that it was hard to see what was going on. 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.
"They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding."
Shark launched out of the water: witness
Another witness, Brett Newland, said there were about five surfers in the area when "a big shark popped up in the water amongst them".
"It swam under a couple of guys and came around and bit a third person," he said. "It was a large shark and from the way it was behaving, it would have been a white pointer.
"All the other surfers swam to him, helped him get away from his board and leg rope and helped him get on a wave, and luckily [he] caught a wave onto the reef."
Mr Newland said the man was conscious the whole time.
"The surfers that helped him in got tourniquets on his legs as soon as they got on the shallow reef, and then other people came down from the carpark and put him onto a surfboard and carried him up to the carpark," he said. "He had cuts to both legs."
Whale carcass found nearby
Beaches in the Gracetown area have been closed, including North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders.
The Department of Fisheries also said a whale carcass had been reported a short distance away at Lefthanders beach in the wake of the attack.
An alert has been issued warning beach users the decomposing carcass could draw sharks close to shore along the coastline.
A department spokesman said it had two vessels on the water in the area to advise people of the attack and the whale carcass, and to monitor the situation.
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IN BREAKING NEWS: SECOND SHARK ATTACK AT GRACETOWN
Just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area on Monday afternoon, a second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown in WA.
Jason Longrass was bitten just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break.
He told ABC News he had been "having a ball" in the water prior to the shark attacking, with other surfers having cleared out of the water.
The 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack.
Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him.
Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.
"It was just heading straight for me, beelining straight at me … and just nailed the board," he said.
SOURCE: WA TODAY