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article imageAustralian surfer dies from shark attack

By Gar Swaffar     Sep 4, 2011 in Sports
Western Australia hasn't seen a fatal attack at the surfing area known as Boneyards in more than twenty years, that changed today.
The area know as Boneyards is near Bunker Bay in Western Australia and it's a haven for winter surfers along the western coast.
A young man was bodyboarding with friends on Sunday when he was attacked by a shark, both of the man's legs were bitten off by the shark.
Sergeant Craig Anderson of the Dunsborough Police had this to say in AU News, "Out of nowhere it would appear the young fellow has been taken by a shark, nobody actually saw the shark itself, but they retrieved the young man's body in the water amongst some blood,"
An official in the area, noted in Perth Now, Ian Stubbs, president of Shire of Busselton said that it had been more than twenty years since the last shark attack. In that story the site wasalso listed as being The Farm which is nearby to the Boneyard.
The area is in Bunker Bay, and a local cafe manager, Hamish McLeay, said the water was full of surfers at the time of the attack. “There was another 20 people in the water as well,”
McLeay mentioned there is a large seal colony nearby, and it would of course be possible for the surfer to have been mistaken for one of the seals. One witness to the rescue attempt stated "They pulled him out of the water and there was a lot of blood on the beach. There was just no hope, he was cut in half."
Hugh Edwards a Western Australia shark expert indicated it was almost certainly a Great White shark which attacked the surfer. The beach at the site will be closed until midnight Monday.
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