Shark mauls surfer off Australia coast

Published: April 16, 2018 15:22:35 | Updated: April 20, 2018 15:03:47

Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. (World Surf League via AP)

A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwest Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness said.

The 30-year old man was surfing at Gracetown around 8 am when he was attacked, St John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said.

He was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 250 kilometres (160 miles) to a hospital in the city of Perth, Bertoldo said.

The hospital described the victim’s condition as stable, reports the AP.  

The attack prompted the World Surf League to postpone the nearby Margaret River Pro international surfing contest.

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.

Former champion surfer Mick Fanning escaped unscathed when a great white attacked his board as he waited to catch a wave.

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

A surfer was killed by a shark at Gracetown in 2013.

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