Surfer in stable condition after shark attack off Australian west coast

By Rod Mcguirk, AP
Sunday, June 6, 2010

Surfer survives shark attack off west Australia

CANBERRA, Australia — A surfer was in a stable condition Monday after he was attacked by a shark off the Australian west coast, an official said.

Michael Bedford was rescued by a friend and a group of fishermen after he was attacked twice by a shark on Sunday off Conspicuous Cliff Beach, south of the Western Australia state capital Perth, The West Australian newspaper reported Monday.

He suffered deep gashes to his right leg, the newspaper reported.

Bedford was hospitalized in stable condition Monday, a Health Department spokesman said on the department’s condition of anonymity.

Bedford’s friend Lee Cummuskey told the newspaper that he watched the attack from the beach.

Bedford “thought it was just going to go under him, but it suddenly came up and hit him … and I think that is when it bit him,” Cummuskey told the newspaper.

“It hit him once and then came back a second time. He thought it was a white pointer, he is not totally sure, but he said it had a bloody big head on it,” Cummuskey added.

Bedford caught a wave in to the beach where eight people used his surfboard as a stretcher to carry him along the beach, then up a steep climb to a car park, Cummuskey said.

Cummuskey could not be immediately reached for comment Monday.

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