Shark Attack Near Gracetown

Shark Attack Near Gracetown

The Margaret River Pro surf event has resumed despite a nearby shark attack.

The incident was reported on the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed, which broadcasts reports of shark sightings, just before 9am local time.

The attack at Cobblestones beach was reported shortly before 8am, with an ambulance crew from Margaret River and the rescue helicopter sent to the scene.

The Margaret River Pro global surfing competition which is taking place nearby has been put on hold while organisers wait for information from local authorities.

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said the attack would make worldwide news because of the Pro event.

Australia's two-time world champion Tyler Wright and Kiwi Paige Hareb were the first surfers to hit the water for their round-two heat after the shark scare.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic saw the first attack from the beach and said there were only about five people in the water at the time.

The Margaret River Pro began last Friday and had been taking place in Gracetown over the weekend.

"The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority".

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Surfers look back at the swell on Cowaramup Bay, in Gracetown.

"Further enhanced safety measures, including ski and drone presence, will be added to the event's mitigation protocols".

"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment.it 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.

"There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on".

Mr Jovic said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" after the attack.

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

The surfer suffered signficant 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.

There have been three fatal shark attacks in the area since 2004, when Bradley Smith was fatally mauled by a great white.

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