Australia shark attack: mauled surfer swims to shore despite leg injuries

A rescue helicopter and other emergency vehicles at the scene of the shark attack in Gracetown, Australia. The 30-year old surfer was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 250 kilometers to a hospital in the city of Perth. (Australian Broadcasting Corp via AP)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Australia shark attack: mauled surfer swims to shore despite leg injuries

PERTH, Australia: A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwest Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness said.
The man was surfing at Gracetown around 8am when he was attacked, St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said. He was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 250 kilometers to a hospital in the city of Perth, Bertoldo said.
The hospital described the victim’s condition as stable. He is in his 30s.
The attack prompted the World Surf League to postpone the nearby Margaret River Pro international surfing contest.
Surf photographer Peter Jovic watched the attack from the beach and likened it to the live broadcast of a shark attack in South Africa in 2015. Former champion surfer Mick Fanning escaped unscathed when a great white attacked his board as he waited to catch a wave.
“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.
“The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously body surfing into a little wave and getting pushed in by a local at the same time, who was out there with him, and making it to shore before everyone came to his aid,” Jovic added.
Lifeguards said a 4-meter shark was spotted off a nearby beach two hours after the attack.
A surfer was killed by a shark at Gracetown in 2013.


Afghan officials: Taliban hit army, police center in east

Updated 22 min 11 sec ago
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Afghan officials: Taliban hit army, police center in east

  • An official says that a suicide car bomber struck the military base on Monday morning, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces
  • At least two Taliban fighters were killed by Afghan troops

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan officials say the Taliban have launched a coordinated assault on a military base that also serves as a police training center in eastern Maidan Wardak province and that there are casualties.
Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, says that a suicide car bomber struck the military base on Monday morning, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces.
He says at least two Taliban fighters were killed by Afghan troops.
Rahimi could not provide casualty figures.
Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area's public health department, says ambulances were dispatched to the site and that there are fears of high casualty numbers.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media.