Man rushed to hospital after shark attack at surf spot

Man rushed to hospital after shark attack at surf spot

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 Margaret River Pro surf event has been suspended.

A man in his 30s has been bitten by a shark near Gracetown in Western Australia's South West, with organisers temporarily suspending the nearby Margaret River Pro global surfing competition.

An ambulance and helicopter rescue team were sent to the scene.

He 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. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

"The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously body surfing into a little wave and getting pushed in by a local at the same time, who was out there with him, and making it to shore before everyone came to his aid", Jovic added.

"They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding". He told reporters that the man's friends were integral in saving his life, using their leashes as tourniquets to stem the flow of blood.

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Once news filtered through, the WSL put the event on hold for about an hour.

"We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown", organisers said on Monday.

"Surfer and staff safety are top priorities for the World Surf League", a spokeswoman said.

Another witness, Brett Newland, told the station it was a "large shark" and that "from the way it was behaving, it would have been a white pointer" - better known as a great white.

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

According to ABC, Hawaiian pro surfer John John Florence had a close shave with sharks while surfing in the area just before the competition. "We saw a splash", John John explains in the video, "so we put the contest on hold and chose to put the drone up to check out what was going on... and we found two sharks".

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