Australia shark assaults surfer Alejandro Travaglini, mauls legs in Gracetown close to Margaret River Professional competitors (News)

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PERTH, Australia — A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwestern Australia managed to swim to shore regardless of critical accidents to each of his legs, an official and a witness stated. Alejandro Travaglini was browsing at Gracetown round eight a.m. when he was attacked, St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo stated.

The Argentinian-born 37-year-old was handled on the seashore by paramedics earlier than he was flown by helicopter 160 miles to a hospital within the metropolis of Perth, Bertoldo stated.

The hospital described the sufferer’s situation as steady.

The assault prompted the World Surf League to postpone the close by Margaret River Professional worldwide browsing contest for about an hour.

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Organizers had deployed further shark-spotting drones and jet skis when the competitors resumed to make sure rivals’ security, league deputy commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer stated.

“We wished to reconvene and ensure we had every thing doable within the water to take care of these surfers,” Miley-Dyer stated in a press release on the league’s web site.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic watched the assault from the seashore and likened it to the stay broadcast of a shark assault in South Africa in 2015. Former champion surfer Mick Fanning escaped unscathed when an amazing white attacked his board as he waited to catch a wave.

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“If anybody is conversant in the Mick Fanning second … it was similar to that, the place a shark just about popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board,” Jovic informed Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

“The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously physique browsing into somewhat wave and getting pushed in by a neighborhood on the similar time, who was on the market with him, and making it to shore earlier than everybody got here to his help,” Jovic stated.

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Lifeguards stated a 13-foot shark was noticed off a close-by seashore two hours after the assault.

9 Community tv News reported a 41-year-old surfer sustained a big gash to his proper thigh from a shark later Monday at a seashore close to the place the assault occurred.

“Completely happy to be alive,” the unnamed man informed bystanders who requested if he was OK. The person insisted he might drive himself to a hospital.

A surfer was killed by a shark at Gracetown in 2013.

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