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07 June 2010 :: 17:06:57 pm 24164

Surfer Survives After Shark Attacked Him Twice in Australia

A surfer survived when a shark attacked him twice of the coast of West Australia after knocking him off his board and coming back to bite him on his leg.
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Australia 7th June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] The surfer, Michael Bedford,[40] is stable after being rescued from the surf by some fishermen and his friend after he was knocked off his board and attacked.

It is believed it was a white pointer that knocked him off his board before circling and coming back to attack, sinking its teeth into his right leg.

A local tour operator, Mr. Lee Cummuskey had been surfing with Mr. Bedford minutes before the attack, but he had returned to shore when his rope attached to the surfboard broke. He had just reached the beach, but was keeping an eye on Mr. Bedford as he was a long way out on his own when he saw an explosion of water and without seeing the shark, knew what had happened.

Mr. Cummuskey said that Mr. Bedford had spotted the shark when it was about 20 meters away and heading straight for him. The shark suddenly hit him, knocking him off the board, circled then came back a second time. He went on to say that Mr. Bedford was not sure what kind of shark it was, but that it had a ‘bloody big head’.

It is believed that Mr. Bedford punched the shark before riding a wave into the shallow water, suffering from shock and sporting a huge gash that witnesses say was ‘pretty horrendous’.

A makeshift rescue operation was put into action, using his surfboard as a stretcher and taking eight people to carry him along the beach and up a 300 meter hill to the car park.

While they waited 30 minutes for the arrival of the ambulance, they used a makeshift tourniquet and towels to apply pressure to the wound whilst elevating his leg on a cooler box.

Once the medics arrived, Mr. Bedford was administered painkillers before being transferred to hospital.

Last night, police were waiting to talk to Mr. Bedford of his experience and hope to get some details of the shark in the hopes of identifying it. The area is a known spot for white pointers.

Police were last night waiting to talk to him about his experience in the hope of identifying the species which attacked him but the area is a known hot-spot for white pointers.

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