Shark attack near Margaret River Pro

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

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.

"He is conscious and breathing and being treated for leg injuries", St John Ambulance said in a tweet.

Fanning survived after a shark lunged at him during a final at the Open World Surf League event in 2015.

"A shark popped up and pretty much ended up knocking a surfer from his board", Jovic said.

VideoA witness to the Gracetown shark attack spoke to ABC Breakfast about the incident. Credit: ABC Breakfast radio. "I can't say how he is".

"We could see its fin, and then when it attacked the man we could see its tail splashing and saw it launch up out of the water at him".

AAP understands the man has lived in Gracetown for some time, with one friend describing him as "an awesome guy".

Lifeguards said a 4-meter (13-foot) shark was spotted off a nearby beach two hours after the attack.

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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.

"It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast", a statement said.

Surfers had been in action this morning in the competition before the attack.

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

With all eyes on the nearby contest at Margaret River, WSL officials made a decision to put the event on hold-and considering Mick Fanning's close call at the J-Bay Open in 2015, it seems like a good call.

We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown.

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.

"The current policies are simply not adequate".

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