Jon Hines, 34, was attacked repeatedly by a shark while surfing at Red Bluff Point near Quobba Station in Western Australia. He fought off the shark but suffered serious wounds to his abdomen and right arm. The attack happened around 3.25pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012.
He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and was reported in a stable condition following surgery.
Witnesses told the press he fought off the attack after the initial bite to his abdomen and suffered serious wounds to his right arm in the process.
“There was a big swell . . . plenty of my mates were around there, they said it was pretty brutal,” one of the witnesses said.
“A couple of them helped drag him in . . . they heard him screaming for help and they thought he just hurt himself badly in a wipe-out.
“From what I hear he had to fight it off and it came back and had another go and that’s when it got him on the arm.
One of the surfers helped Hines get to shore.
“He just told the guy to hang on to his leg rope and he just paddled him straight in,
“He did a really good job . . . he is legend of the ocean, he just did what he had to do and he did it well.
“He saved his life I guess, all the people out there – all the girls and boys out there – helped save him.”
It was not reported what type of shark it was although it was reported that tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.
Another witness said the water was full of blood.
“He was conscious the whole way back though, he was OK. He was in good spirits, as well as he could be.”