Two surfers were bit by a shark in the same stretch of beach in Western Australia’s southwest coast. The bites were relatively close to where the WSL’s CT #3 event – Margaret River Pro is held, evidently putting the competition on hold as prevention.
A 37-year-old man was attacked Cobblestones beach in Gracetown. His lower leg was bitten but he was able to make his way back to shore safely.
Friends and beach-goers acted quickly using the surfer’s leg rope as a tourniquet and provided first aid care until emergency responders arrived.
Jason Longrass, the second victim, hadn’t heard about the first attack and didn’t realize the beach was closed. So the 41-year-old entered the water unknowingly. Shortly after, Jason was attacked but was able to calmly identify the shark as a 4m (13 foot) great white shark. He managed to shove the shark off after it bit his board and his upper thigh.
He returned to shore and was treated by the paramedics on the beach.
The beach(s) North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders are closed until further notice.
Additionally, the Margaret River Pro will remain on hold with this statement released – “We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown,” organisers said on Monday morning. “The #MargiesPro is on hold while we work with local authorities.