- A professional surfing event off Western Australia was briefly suspended Monday after two surfers were bitten by sharks off Western Australia
- The Margaret River Pro event, part of the World Surf Tour, was put on hold
A surfing event in Australia had to be suspended after two surfers were bitten by sharks off Western Australia’s southwest coast Monday.
The Margaret River Pro event, part of the World Surf Tour, was suspended after a 37-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg at Cobblestones beach in Gracetown and 41-year-old Jason Lass was also bitten by a shark off Lefthanders beach.
The 37-year-old man was flown to the Royal Perth Hospital where he remains in stable condition but will undergo surgery, media reports said.
Meanwhile, Lass only suffered minor injuries when he was bitten on the leg and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Lass said he’s a ‘lucky man’. He told reporters that he had not heard about the first shark attack and was unaware of the beach closure. The second attack took place roughly six hours after the first one.
In a tweet, the World Surf League’s (WSL) Margaret River Pro 2018 said that after being informed about the shark attacks in the vicinity they decided to put the tournament on hold.
“We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown,” the WSL said in the tweet. “The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority.”