Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

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 worldwide surfing competition.

The Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing competition, which is about 15km away from the attack, was suspended for about one hour, but then resumed at Main Break with Kiwi Hareb one of the two surfers who went back in the water first.

The hospital described the victim's condition as stable.

His attack came just hours after the first victim - 37-year-old father Alejandro Travaglini - was flown to Perth via RAC Rescue helicopter.

Witnesses said he managed to swim back to the shore, where he is being treated for leg injuries.

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Surf Life Saving WA Tweeted just before 3pm that a 4.5m white shark had been spotted at the surfing spot about 2.30pm. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

Surf photographer Peter Jovic saw the attack on Mr Travaglini and said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" afterwards.

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

"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. Chris Boyd, 35, was killed at nearby Umbies surf break in 2013.

But after assessing the situation, they chose to resume the competition, with additional safety measures.

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Organisers made a decision to resume the competition about an hour later with "enhanced safety measures" after discussions with local authorities and surfers.

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. "We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes".

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.

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