Second surfer attacked by shark in Gracetown

Man attacked by shark near Gracetown in WA's South West

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

A surfer is fighting for life after being attacked by a shark, causing a nearby surfing competition to be put on hold.

The Margaret River Pro event, part of the World Surf Tour, was put on hold for an hour after the attack at Gracetown, about 15 kilometeres (nine miles) away.

The wounded victim is a man in his thirties.

St John Ambulance Western Australia said the injured surfer, aged in his 30s, was "conscious and breathing and being treated for leg injuries".

The incident was reported on the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed, which broadcasts reports of shark sightings, just before 9am local time. He punched it before making his way to shore, where his friends used the rope from his board as a tourniquet until help arrived.

"There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on". [I] saw the guy who had been attacked get separated from the [surf] board and then start to paddle for an inside wave, which he managed to body surf all the way in.

"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning 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.

Beaches in the Gracetown area were closed following the earlier attack, including North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders, and a shark warning was issued for waters between Kilcarnup and North Point.

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Mr Travaglini is a work crew member at the Margaret River Pro, and surfing officials said they were "devastated" by the attack.

The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority for the WSL.

A spokeswoman for the event said the surf contest was under way at Margaret River's main break at the time of the attack.

Competition organisers have added more drones and jet skis in a bid to give the surfers more protection.

"We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown", the tweet said.

"Sharks are still a threat to surfers and people in the ocean here", he told reporters.

"The current policies are simply not adequate".

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