Dudley shark attack victim recovering in WA

THE Dudley surfer attacked by a shark at a remote Western Australian beach has undergone surgery.
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Jon Hines, 34, was bitten on the torso and right arm by the unidentified species of shark at Red Bluff, a renowned surfing spot about 150 kilometres north of Carnarvon, yesterday afternoon.

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A Royal Perth hospital spokeswoman said the man was undergoing surgery this morning for his injuries.

The WA Today website is reporting that Margaret River-based surfing legend Jeff Goulden, who goes by the name of “Camel”, was being hailed a hero after pulling Mr Hines out of the water after the attack.

Margaret River Surfrider Foundation president, Gene Hardy said it sounded like something Camel would do.

“He’s a big-wave surfer, he has no fear, for sure he’d put him on his big board and take him in,” Mr Hardy said.

Mr Hardy said Camel was an eccentric character who had been part of the Margaret River surf scene for years.

Mr Hines was initially bitten around the abdomen but suffered a savage arm injury as he attempted to fight off a second attack.

He was pulled from the water, conscious and in good spirits, and driven in a private car to Carnarvon Hospital, a two-hour drive on unsealed roads, from the remote beach.

He was flown to Perth overnight for emergency surgery.

His wife, Bridget, has flown from Newcastle to be by his side.

Witnesses told of bloodied water and Mr Hines who was in ‘‘good spirits’’ as he was pulled to safety.

Rebecca Caldwell said her children, who were in the water at the time of the attack, noticed an injured surfer but did not see the shark.

‘‘The water was full of blood,’’ she said.

‘‘He was conscious the whole way back, though he was OK, he was good.

‘‘He’s in good spirits, as well as he could be.’’

Mr Hines had been staying with former Novocastrians at popular beachside camping location Three Mile Camp in Gnaraloo after arriving in the area six days ago.

He had flown into Exmouth via Perth from Newcastle last week.

The attack comes after reports that a four-metre shark had been seen in the same area last week by a recreational fisherman.

VICTIM: Dudley’s Jon Hines is flown to hospital for surgery.

Beaches in the area were closed for 24 hours following the attack.