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16 April 2018, 01:15 | Erica Roy
The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday
A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwestern Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness say.
Paige Hareb was one of the first surfers back in the water after an hour delay due to a nearby shark attack. The safety of our surfers & staff is a top priority.
"It was just heading straight for me, beelining it straight at me", he told Seven News Perth.
St John Ambulance Western Australia said the injured surfer, aged in his 30s, was "conscious and breathing and being treated for leg injuries".
Jovic said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" after the attack.
"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment at Jeffreys Bay a couple of years ago, it was very similar to that, where a shark pretty much popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board", he told ABC radio.
The surfer was knocked off his board before being thrashed around, a witness said.
"There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on".
'They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding'. Chris Boyd, 35, was killed at nearby Umbies surf break in 2013.
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.
"It was a large shark and from the way it was behaving, it would have been a white pointer".
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.
An alert was also issued about a whale carcass found at Lefthanders, with beach users warned the decomposing carcass could draw sharks close to shore.
Acting Fisheries Minister Roger Cook said his primary concern was for the two victims, but expressed concern that Mr Longgrass was in the water after the beach was closed.
"Following the first incident authorities cleared beaches, erected beach closure signs, patrolled the area in boats and on foot to ensure the safety of other beach users", he said.
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