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Surfer is bitten by a shark in a SECOND attack just hours after another man was mauled and left fighting for life on the same stretch of beach

  • Surfer, 41, from Denmark, was left with nasty leg gash after shark attack in WA 
  • He got to shore for treatment and said he was able to drive himself to hospital 
  • Six hours earlier Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was mauled just one kilomotre away
  • He was given first aid at the scene before being flown to hospital in a helicopter

A second surfer was savaged by a shark today just hours after a nearby attack which left a man fighting for his life.

The 41-year-old Danish man suffered a nasty gash to his leg but was able to get to shore for treatment after the 2.40pm attack at Lefthanders beach near Gracetown, Western Australia.

He said he was 'happy to be alive' and that he would drive himself to hospital.

The attack came just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was mauled at Cobblestones beach at 8am, forcing the Margaret River Pro international surfing competition to stop for an hour.

Savaged: This 41-year-old Danish man (right) suffered a nasty gash to his leg but was able to get to shore for treatment after the 2.40pm attack at Lefthanders beach near Gracetown, Western Australia

Savaged: This 41-year-old Danish man (right) suffered a nasty gash to his leg but was able to get to shore for treatment after the 2.40pm attack at Lefthanders beach near Gracetown, Western Australia

The man said he was 'happy to be alive' and that he would drive himself to hospital. Pictured: his injury

The man said he was 'happy to be alive' and that he would drive himself to hospital. Pictured: his injury

Mr Travaglini, from Argentina, was flown to Perth hospital after friends saved his life by wrapping rope around his legs to stem blood-flow. 

He is now in stable condition after surgery. The attacks were a kilometre apart.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic wittnessed the first attack.

'A shark popped up and pretty much ended up knocking a surfer from his board,' he told ABC News.

'There was a lot more thrashing around. After that it was hard to see what was going on.

'They got him to shore and started working on him to stem the bleeding.'

Victim: The attack came just hours after Alejandro Travaglini (picutred), 37, was mauled at Cobblestones beach at 8am, forcing the Margaret River Pro international surfing competition to stop for an hour

Victim: The attack came just hours after Alejandro Travaglini (picutred), 37, was mauled at Cobblestones beach at 8am, forcing the Margaret River Pro international surfing competition to stop for an hour

Mr Travaglini, from Argentina, was flown to Perth hospital after friends saved his life by wrapping rope around his legs to stem bloodflow

Mr Travaglini, from Argentina, was flown to Perth hospital after friends saved his life by wrapping rope around his legs to stem bloodflow

Mr Travaglini is now in stable condition after surgery. The attacks were a kilometre apart

Mr Travaglini is now in stable condition after surgery. The attacks were a kilometre apart

The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach (pictured) near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach (pictured) near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

Another witness said the first attack was similar to the moment world champion surfer Mick Fanning was famously knocked off his board in South Africa in 2015. 

The crew of WA's surf life saving helicopter later spotted a four-metre white shark in the water, believed to be a Great White.

An hour after the first attack, the Margret River Pro competition was resumed with enhanced safety measures, including a water safety jetski team and more drones to watch for sharks.

Days before the competition, surfing two-time champion John John Florence, from Hawaii, captured eerie drone footage of enormous sharks swimming in the competition area.

Recent shark attacks in Western Australia 

2010

August: Surfer Nick Edwards, 31, dies near Gracetown

2011

September: Kyle Burden, 21, killed while boogie boarding at Bunker Bay

October: Bryn Martin, 64, disappears at Cottesloe Beach

October: US man George Thomas Wainwright, 32, killed while diving off Rottnest Island

2012

March: Peter Kurmann, 33, dies while diving off Stratham Beach

July: Surfer Ben Linden, 24, dies off Wedge Island

2013

November: Chris Boyd, 35, killed at Gracetown

2014

October: Surfer Sean Pollard, 23, loses arm and other hand near Esperance

November: Cameron Pearman, 13, bitten while surfing at Port Bouvard

December: Spear fisher Jay Muscat, 17, killed near Albany

2015

October: Surfer Eli Zawadzki, 18, bitten on the foot at Dawesville

2016

June: Surfer Ben Gerring, 29, dies three days after losing his leg at Falcon Beach

June: Doreen Collyer, 60, killed less than a week later while diving with a friend off Mindarie

2017

April: Laeticia Brouwer, 17, fatally bitten on the leg while surfing with her dad at Esperance

2018

April: A surfer, in his 30s, bitten on the lower leg at Gracetown. 

Surf Life Saving Western Australia confirmed the shark sighting, after receiving a report from the public (pictured)

Surf Life Saving Western Australia confirmed the shark sighting, after receiving a report from the public (pictured)

The shark attack victim was flown to hospital in a helicopter (pictured) after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope

The shark attack victim was flown to hospital in a helicopter (pictured) after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope

A surfer was left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark, causing a nearby surfing competition to be put on hold (stock image)

A surfer was left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark, causing a nearby surfing competition to be put on hold (stock image)

 

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