Shark flings surfer into the air – 10 September 2017 – Iluka, New South Wales, Australia

Abe McGrath shows the shark bite mark in his surfboard that was snapped with the impact of the attack.
Abe McGrath shows the shark bite mark in his surfboard that was snapped with the impact of the attack.

Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing with friends early on Sunday morning, 10 September 2017, at Main Beach, Iluka, New South Wales, Australia when he was attacked by a 3.5 metre Great White shark.

The incident happened around 6am. McGrath was lying on his board about 300m north of the Illuka Wall.

The shark attacked from underneath and flung McGrath into the air. His board was snapped in half with the impact. McGrath landed back in the water and was fortunate to come away with a torn wetsuit and relatively minor lacerations to his right hip.

“He was laying on his board and he got attacked from below really aggressively, the force of the attack snapped his board,”  McGrath’s friend Bryce Cameron, who was on the beach and about to head into the water when the attack occurred, said.

“The impact lifted him up. The shark was coming from the deep and hit (Abe’s board) with its nose and opened its mouth and latched on the board.

Cameron said shark got most of the board in its mouth.

“He [McGrath] got a good look at it. He said it was a 3.5m white pointer. In the big scheme of things that is a juvenile but it is still big enough to kill.”

Abe McGrath show the minor wound on his hip
Abe McGrath shows his torn wetsuit and the minor wound on his hip – from the the shark attack.

McGrath said the shark circled him after the attack and then swam off.

With the help of his friend Elijah ‘Hobbit’ Colbey, he retrieved one half of his surfboard and paddled to shore. His friends drove him to Ballina Hospital and he was then flown to Lismore Hospital, New South Wales, for further treatment and discharged Sunday night.

Cameron was on the beach during the attack and said if McGrath had been sitting on the board instead of lying on it when the shark struck, he would have lost his leg.

Cameron posted this on Instagram: “Life could of been very different this morning…. so stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse. Our arrival to iluka this morning, @abemcgrath hit by a juvenile white pointer. So stoked to see him able to limp up the beach.”

“Abe was left floating in the water with a couple of teeth marks on his body. He scrambled in the water and got washed in by the next wave.”

“He is pretty much the luckiest man on earth right now,” Cameron said.

“He was stoked, he wasn’t in shock yet, he was really happy to be alive and in front of his mates. We were all giving him big hugs and felt pretty lucky to have him there.”

 

Colbey, the only other surfer in the water with McGrath at the time, was quoted as saying:

“We were 50m apart and it was just me and him out there.

“A good wave rolled past, we were both watching it, and then I looked back and saw Abe skimming across the water splashing.

“Then I hear f**k off, f**k off and then my nickname Hobbit being called out.

“I started paddling towards him for help and then my mind clicked to it being the worst possible outcome.”

“I grabbed his two broken bits of surfboard and we looked at each other and counted our blessings that we could actually walk away.

“He was very stoked to be able to walk up the beach with me … we could look back on it and be very stoked but also shaken up and in shock.”

 

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Surfer punches shark, escapes attack – 25 August 2017 – Cathedral Rock, Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Marcel Brundler stands with his surfboard that has bite marks from the shark attack at Iluka, Victoria, Australia
Marcel Brundler stands with his board that has bite marks from the shark attack.
Marcel Brundler points to the shark bite marks on his surfboard
Marcel Brundler points to the shark bite marks on his surfboard

Marcel Brundler, 37, narrowly escaped a shark attack while surfing at Cathedral Rock, Lorne, Victoria, Australia, by punching the shark as it attacked him. The shark left bite marks in his board and tore at his wetsuit, but he suffered no injuries.

Brundler told media the shark was a 3-metre Great White.

The incident happened on Tuesday 25 August 2017.

He said initially he thought the shark was a dolphin, “but then I realised fairly quickly [it was a shark] because it was more than half a metre wide, with a massive dorsal fin, and it looked at me.

“Then it kind of dived off, came back and circled me, and took a fair notch out of my board, circled me again, then it got me on my wetsuit, it got me on my hip.

“Luckily, it’s just a little scrape on my skin.”

“I was shouting and punching it while it attacked me.

“I was really, really lucky this wave popped up out of nowhere,” which he managed to catch and surf it to the shore.

Lucas Von Graevenitz Sanchez, a witness who watched the attack through his binoculars from the shore, was quoted as saying the shark “was really massive”.

A local police spokesperson said there were four surfers in the water at the time and they paddled in pretty quickly after the incident.

Brundler said he would surf again, though “maybe not on my own”.

 

 

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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.”

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Perth Now