Thursday, October 2, 2014

Surfer Loses Arm in Western Australia Shark Attack

Wylie Bay 
A 23-year-old surfer suffered severe injuries in a shark attack in the town of Esperance on Western Australia's remote southern coast. The surfer, who has been identified by police as Sean Pollard, had part of one arm torn off and lost his other hand in the suspected great white shark attack.

The attack occurred at an unpatroled beach near Wylie Bay Beach at around 11:30am on Thursday 2 October 2014. The victim was surfing alone but reports state that his girlfriend was present at the beach.

Mr. Pollard was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and is listed in critical condition.

The shark response unit from the Department of Fisheries responded to the scene and subsequently caught a 3 to 4 1/2 meter great white shark. They had been seeking permission from the federal government to destroy the shark in order to examine its contents but the shark died while on the drum line. At this time, it is unknown if this shark was responsible for the attack.

Area beaches have been closed and are expected to stay closed for several days.

[UPDATE: ABC- TV is reporting that Mr Pollard told authorities he was attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a feeding frenzy.]

[UPDATE 10/04: Bite marks in Sean Pollard’s surfboard likely from great white shark]

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News Accounts: 
• Esperance shark attack: surfer has arm, torn off at Wylie Bay - ABC 7 News
• Shark attack near Esperance - The Western Australian
• Shark attack: Man injured at Esperance beach - Perth Now