Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Surfer stable after shark attack

A surfer is in hospital after he was attacked by a shark off the Australian west coast

A surfer is in hospital after he was attacked by a shark off the Australian west coast.

Michael Bedford was rescued by a friend and a group of fishermen after he was attacked twice by a shark off Conspicuous Cliff Beach, south of the Western Australia state capital Perth, the West Australian newspaper reported.

He suffered deep gashes to his right leg, the newspaper said.

Mr Bedford is in stable condition in hospital, a Health Department spokesman said.

The victim's friend, Lee Cummuskey, told the newspaper that he watched the attack from the beach.

He said Mr Bedford "thought it was just going to go under him, but it suddenly came up and hit him... and I think that is when it bit him.

"It hit him once and then came back a second time. He thought it was a white pointer, he is not totally sure, but he said it had a bloody big head on it," Mr Cummuskey added.

Mr Bedford caught a wave to the beach where eight people used his surfboard as a stretcher to carry him along the beach, then up a steep climb to a car park, Mr Cummuskey said.

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