Australian surf competition put on hold following two shark attacks

The Margaret River Pro surf competition has been suspended after two surfers were bitten by sharks nearby off of Australia's southwest coast.

In one incident, a surfer in his 30s was bitten on the leg by a shark after he was separated from his board, but managed to body surf in to shore where he was transported to the hospital. The ambulance service tweeted that he was conscious and breathing on his way there.

A second man, 41, said he was not aware of the first attack and felt lucky the beach was so deserted while he was surfing. He was also bitten on the leg by a shark he identified as a 4 meter-long (13 feet) Great White before he managed to fend it off and return to shore.

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