Shark mauls surfer off southwest Australia, injuring legs

The shark attack victim was flown to hospital in a helicopter after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope

The shark attack victim was flown to hospital in a helicopter after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope

Two surfers were attacked by a shark or sharks within a 1 ½-mile stretch of the coast off Western Australia earlier today.

St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said the man, aged in his 30s, was surfing at Gracetown on Monday when he was attacked.

He was flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he remained in a stable condition after undergoing surgery for severe injuries to...

The Margaret River Pro, about 15 km away from the first attack but also close to the second, was suspended for about one hour before resuming with enhanced safety measures including skis and drones, the Guardian reported.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic watched the attack from the beach and likened it to the live broadcast of a shark attack in South Africa in 2015.

"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.

Surf Life Saving WA has issued multiple alerts about shark sightings in the region and has advised that several beach closures are still in place for the Gracetown area.