Shark attack: Friends rally to save surfer after Gracetown shark attack

The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

A man has been bitten by a shark off the coast of Western Australia, prompting authorities to close down the nearby Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing event.

Ambulance crews are at the scene treating the patient and the rescue helicopter is en route.

He 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, Bertoldo said.

"A shark popped up and pretty much ended up knocking a surfer from his board", he said. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".

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, according to a St John Ambulance spokesman.

"The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously body-surfing into a little wave and making it into shore before everyone came to his aid".

'They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding'.

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It comes after Hawaiian two-time surfing world champion John John Florence had a close encounter with two large sharks last week.

It is understood the man has lived in Gracetown for some time, with one friend describing him as "an awesome guy".

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

Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was bitten on the lower leg at Cobblestones beach in Gracetown just before 8am on Monday and also had cuts to his other leg.

The Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing competition is being held nearby and had been taking place in Gracetown over the weekend.

A surfer was killed by a shark at Gracetown in 2013. "The #MargiesPro is on hold while we work with local authorities. We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes".

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