Shark attack near Margaret River Pro

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A man has been bitten by a shark off the coast of Western Australia, prompting authorities to close down the nearby Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing event.

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

A Saint John Ambulance spokesman said the man was conscious and breathing, and was now being flown to Royal Perth Hospital.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic witnessed the attack from the beach.

Fanning survived after a shark lunged at him during a final at the Open World Surf League event in 2015.

"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment.it was very similar to that, where a shark pretty much popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board", Jovic told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "There was a lot more thrashing around".

A witness to the Gracetown shark attack spoke to ABC Breakfast about the incident. "I can't say how he is".

It is understood the man has lived in Gracetown for some time, with one friend describing him as "an awesome guy".

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An RAC Rescue Helicopter was sent to the scene after the male was attacked by a shark about 8am on Monday morning.

It seems like the waters were a little risky due to a whale carcass nearby.

The Shark Smart website says the carcass could make nearby waters risky until it's removed.

The Margaret River Pro worldwide surfing competition which is taking place nearby has been put on hold while organisers wait for information from local authorities.

Hawaiian pro surfer John John Florence had a close encounter while surfing in the region in the lead up to the competition.

Beaches in the Gracetown area have been closed following the attack, including North Point, Big Rock and Lefthanders, and a shark warning has been issued for waters between Kilcarnup and North Point.

Event organisers put the competition on hold but have not said whether the victim was taking part in the competition.

"We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown", the tweet said.

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