SCARED – 10 June 2017 — Casuarina Point, Bunbury, Western Australia — bodyboarder bumped off his board

Paul Goff, 48, was bodyboarding 30 metres off Casuarina Point in Bunbury, Western Australia, when a 4-metre great white shark knocked him off his board and then returned and bit his board before disappearing.

Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.
Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.

Paul made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.

Benny Dreg of Dreg Surf Photography made this video of Paul coming ashore.

Paul Goff was knocked off his bodyboard by a 4 metre great white
Paul Goff and his bodyboard

“I had a hit from under the board that knocked me up into the air and sent my body back towards the beach, [and] the board towards the ocean.

“The shark came up between me and the board, and went towards the board…. I pulled the leash off my wrist, let go of my bodyboard, and turned and started paddling towards the beach.

“I was 30 metres out, knowing that I was the only one still in the water and not knowing where the shark was.”

“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the white wash.”

Police said the shark was chased away by three local dolphins.

Paul said he won’t let this incident keep him away from the surf.

“The chances of it happening twice to the same person, you’d have to say are zero. So I think I’m good.”

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Photo: West Australia Police

INJURED – 2 December 2012 – Green Island, New South Wales, Australia – spearfisherman bitten

A spearfisherman (name not released) received minor lacerations to his knee after a shark bit him while he was spearfishing off Green Island, New South Wales, Australia. The incident happened on 2 December 2012.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with minor injuries, which did not require stitches.

According to other divers, the victim had a dead fish attached to his weight belt, which attracted the shark.

No other details were reported.

Sources:
News.com.au

INJURED — 28 August 2012 — Red Bluff Point, near Quobba Station, Western Australia — surfer attacked

Jon Hines, 34, was attacked repeatedly by a shark while surfing at Red Bluff Point near Quobba Station in Western Australia. He fought off the shark but suffered serious wounds to his abdomen and right arm. The attack happened around 3.25pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012.

He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and was reported in a stable condition following surgery.

Witnesses told the press he fought off the attack after the initial bite to his abdomen and suffered serious wounds to his right arm in the process.

“There was a big swell . . . plenty of my mates were around there, they said it was pretty brutal,” one of the witnesses said.

“A couple of them helped drag him in . . . they heard him screaming for help and they thought he just hurt himself badly in a wipe-out.

“From what I hear he had to fight it off and it came back and had another go and that’s when it got him on the arm.

One of the surfers helped Hines get to shore.

“He just told the guy to hang on to his leg rope and he just paddled him straight in,

“He did a really good job . . . he is legend of the ocean, he just did what he had to do and he did it well.

“He saved his life I guess, all the people out there – all the girls and boys out there – helped save him.”

It was not reported what type of shark it was although it was reported that tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.

Another witness said the water was full of blood.

“He was conscious the whole way back though, he was OK. He was in good spirits, as well as he could be.”

Sources
Perth Now

FRIGHTENED – 20 June 2012 — Mullaloo Beach north of Perth, Western Australia – surf skier attacked

Martin Kane, 62, examines his surf ski that was bitten in half by a 3-metre great white shark, flinging him into the water.

Martin Kane, 62, escaped injury, but was badly shaken when a 3-metre great white shark attacked his surf ski, biting it in half. The incident happened around  7.15am on Wednesday 20 June 2012.

He was paddling with a group of 4 other surf lifesavers about 150 metres off Mullaloo Beach north of Perth, Western Australia.

He was flung into the water but was rescued by a friend who was in the group of paddlers.

He said it felt like being rammed by a jet ski and made a loud exploding noise.

“I seriously thought it was a row of dolphins smashing into the ski.

“What really confused me was the extent of the noise and the crunching sound, it really surprised me, I really didn’t know what it was until I saw the fin and realised it was a shark.

“Because it is a sealed unit, when the shark bit it, it went off like an explosion.

“Soon as I saw his tail and thrashing around with the ski coming right out of the water, I said it’s time to get out of here so in defiance I threw my paddle at him and started to swim away.”

He told reporters he suspected stringers that run down the length of the ski and control the rudders saved his life.

“I suspect that its teeth were caught up in that and it was too bothered trying to get rid of the ski to chase me, so I’m very, very happy that was the case.

“I’m just very lucky to be here, very lucky to be able to see my grandkids again.”

Sources:
ABC News

Sydney Morning Herald

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ABC News

INJURED – 12 June 2012 – Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia – surfer bitten

Mike Higgins leaves Geelong Hospital after having his minor shark bite wound treated.

Mike Higgins, 42, was surfing with friends when he felt the shark brush against him in the water. It then bit his foot his foot and let go.

“It had a little bite then let go after a couple of seconds. I was pretty scared,” he told the press.

The incident took place around 10am on 12 June 2012 off Port Campbell on Victoria’s south east coast, Australia.

A friend took him to Geelong Hospital where he was treated for a small gash, and later discharged.

It was not reported what type of shark it was.

Sources:
7 News
Herald Sun

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7 News