'Shark Incident' Puts Margaret River Event on Hold

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

A man has been airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital with apparent leg injuries after he was bitten by a shark near Gracetown.

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

The wounded victim is a man in his thirties. The Argentinian-born 37-year-old was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 250 kilometers (160 miles) to a hospital in the city of Perth, Bertoldo said.

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

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Surf Life Saving WA said a four-metre shark and whale carcass were spotted at 10am at nearby Lefthanders surf break. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said the attacks emphasised the need to do more, including using SMART drumlines rather than the WA Labor government's subsidised deterrent devices.

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

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

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North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders have also been closed, and Fisheries has advised beachgoers to take additional caution in the Gracetown area.

"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.

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said the attack would make worldwide news given the Margaret River Pro event was on nearby. Chris Boyd, 35, was killed at nearby Umbies surf break in 2013. "We are placing the Margaret River Pro on hold while we work with local authorities on next steps. We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes", the WSL's organisers tweeted.

"We've stepped up the presence of our jet-ski team, [our] water safety team".

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