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Surfer critically injured by shark off southern Australia

Contributed by on April 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

A surfer remained in a critical condition in Adelaide on Saturday night after being attacked by a shark on South Australia’s west coast.

The 26-year-old, named by the Adelaide Advertiser as Chris Blowes, was attacked at the Fishery Bay beach, about 40km (25m) south of Port Lincoln, in the state of South Australia, police said in a statement.

“The shark came in and bit his leg off and the guys helped him in and carried him up the cliff, ” the onlooker said.

The witness, a surfer, said he was about 50 metres (164 feet) from the shark at the time and could see its “massive” pectoral fin.

He said he called an ambulance while other surfers brought the injured man in to shore.

“All the reports are that they’re out there and that they’re aggressive”.

The man has sustained life threatening injuries and is currently being transported to the Port Lincoln Hospital.

Savage: A great white shark.

Fishery Bay is a popular family beach destination frequented by fishermen and surfers.

The attacked happened during conditions that police and marine experts have previously said are dangerous. He survived with serious arm and leg wounds after punching the shark that chomped his surfboard in two.

Witnesses at the scene of the attack believe that the shark, which struck the surfer, was a great white measuring around six-meters-long.

Large sharks are commonplace in Australian waters, and at least one surfer has already fallen victim to a white shark this year.As Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Jonas Woolford noted, sightings of sharks in the region have been on the rise in recent weeks.

The man remains in a critical condition

The man remains in a critical condition