Понедельник, 23 Апреля, 2018

Margaret River Pro surf event suspended due to nearby shark attack

Shark Attack Near Gracetown Shark Attack Near Gracetown
Sammy Stanley | 16 Апреля, 2018, 13:15

A man suffered leg injuries on Monday after he was attacked by a shark off Australia's southwestern coast, forcing authorities to shut down a nearby global surfing competition.

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

The RAC Rescue Helicopter arrived at Royal Perth Hospital just after 10.30am and the man was in a stable condition on arrival.

A man in his 30s, who was surfing at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown, was bitten on the leg but managed to body surf to shore where bystanders used a rope from his surfboard to apply a torniquet.

Surf Life Saving Western Australia confirmed the shark sighting after receiving a report from the public. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

Speaking after the attack, that left bite marks to the bone on his leg, Mr Longgrass said he slapped the water in a bid to scare it off.

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

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

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Surf photographer Peter Jovic told the ABC that the man body-surfed to the beach after a shark pushed him off his board.

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. "We are placing the Margaret River Pro on hold while we work with local authorities on next steps".

A 4-metre white shark was later spotted by the crew of Surf Live Saving WA's helicopter.

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

Heats had today returned to Main Break in Prevelly, but the competition was put on hold after the first attack at Cobblestones, about 15 kilometres away.

At 10am, the WSL said the competition would resume as normal.

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

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