Two shark at­tacks drive pro surfers out of wa­ter

The Cairns Post - - SPORT -

THE World Surf League (WSL) has called off the Mar­garet River Pro for Tues­day af­ter two shark at­tacks at nearby West Aus­tralian beaches a day ear­lier. The de­ci­sion fol­lows the at­tacks in the state’s south­west in which two men were bit­ten on the leg in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

“WSL con­tin­ues to as­sess the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion at the Mar­garet River Pro where there have been two con­firmed shark in­ci­dents near Grace­town in the last 24 hours,” the body said in a state­ment.

“We have ac­tioned our well es­tab­lished safety pro­to­cols and are gath­er­ing all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion to de­ter­mine next steps.

“We will con­tinue to li­aise with all in­volved, most im­por­tantly the surfers.

“Their safety re­mains para­mount.

“Today’s com­pe­ti­tion has al­ready been called off and all surfers have been ad­vised not to surf,” it said yes­ter­day.

When com­pe­ti­tion re­sumes, Aus­tralian world cham­pi­ons Tyler Wright and Stephanie Gil­more will con­test the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Men’s stars Owen Wright, Ju­lian Wil­son and Joel Parkin­son are set to com­pete in thir­dround heats.

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