Shark mauls surfer off southwest Australia, injuring legs

There are reports a person has been bitten by a shark

BC-AS-Australia-Shark Attack, 1st Ld-Writethru, 265 Surfer mauled by shark swims to shore despite leg injuriesEds: Adds detail and witness accountA surfer mauled by a shark off southwest Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness said.

A second surfer was reportedly attacked at Lefthanders surf break, near Cobblestones surfing break, where a man was bitten on the leg about 8.20am.

Image: An RAC rescue helicopter at the scene.

Friends used the rope from the victim's board as a tourniquet and gave him first aid until emergency crews arrived from Margaret River within six minutes, AAP reported.

Bertoldo says the man 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.

"A shark popped up and pretty much ended up knocking a surfer from his board", surf photographer Peter Jovic, who witnessed the attack, told ABC.

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

"There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on".

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A man has been airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital with apparent leg injuries after he was bitten by a shark near Gracetown.

"Everyone's walking round like stunned mullets", Mr Jovic told the ABC. [I] saw the guy who had been attacked get separated from the [surf] board and then start to paddle for an inside wave, which he managed to body surf all the way in. "I can't say how he is".

Channel Nine reporter Michael Stamp said the man did not realise the beach was closed.

According to The West Australian, John John and Nathan Florence encountered two large sharks during a free surf in the days leading up the Margaret River Pro.

An alert has been issued warning beach-goers that the carcass could draw sharks closer to shore.

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.

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

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