WA shark attack survivor thanks 'legends'

 sbs.com.au  4/16/2018 5:36:00 PM 

A shark attack survivor has thanked "all the legends" who helped him up the beach after he was bitten while surfing in Western Australia.

Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was helped by friends and strangers who used the rope on his board as a tourniquet to stem his bleeding until paramedics arrived at Cobblestones beach in Gracetown on Monday morning.

Mr Travaglini, who lives in Margaret River but is from Argentina, had surgery for injuries to both legs and remains in a stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital.

Surf photographer Peter Jovic saw the attack and likened it to Mick Fanning's infamous encounter at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

Several hours after the attack, Jason Longgrass, 41, was bitten on the leg while surfing at the nearby Lefthanders break, which was closed.

He managed to walk to an ambulance for treatment.

Fisheries had closed several beaches and issued a warning after a whale carcass and sharks reaching 4.5 metres were seen in the area.

The Margaret River Pro surfing competition, about 15km away, was suspended for one hour before resuming at Main Break with enhanced safety measures including skis and drones.

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