A 31-year-old man (name not immediately released) died of his wounds after being bitten on the right leg by a shark while surfing at South Point near Gracetown, Western Australia. He was apparently surfing alone.
The attack occurred around 8.15am local time on Tuesday 17 August 2010.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, a local resident saw the attack and saw the man come off his board. He rushed down to the beach with some friends and found the man washed up on the rocks with a big gash in his right leg. He was unconscious. They applied a tourniquet with a surfboard leash and waited for an ambulance to arrive.
The man was taken to Margaret River Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The eye witness said there were seals in the bay at the time of the attack.
No other details were reported.
Expect an UPDATE later…
Apparently his board was bitten in half – must have been a humungous shark!
UPDATE 18 August 2010.
The surfer’s name was Nick Edwards. Witnesses said his thigh and calf were totally shredded.
The shark was believed to have been a great white.
There were about 4 other surfers in the water who paddled ashore when a surfer on land shouted “Shark, shark” after seeing the victim on the rocks.