Great white shark severely injures Australian surfer

October 3, 2014 | Surfing
Sean Pollard: a brave surfer

A 23-year-old surfer has lost a hand and part of his other arm after being attacked by a great white shark, at Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance, Australia.

Ross Tamlin, who was catching waves 400 meters away from Pollard, paddled to shore and called for help. Sean Pollard, the injured surfer, was lying on his back in the water, after being able to swim 100 meters in the direction of the beach.

After being carried to the shore, female volunteer St John Ambulance paramedic Kylie Rothnie used beach towels to stem the blood flow wounds to both arms.

"The amount of blood he must have lost before he reached shore... he must have been on the borderline, so it was very lucky his wounds were dressed so well so quickly. It was amazing to see he could stay conscious and keep fighting through, an amazing will to live I think," explained Robbie, a man who witnessed the rescue.

Sean's girlfriend kept telling him to stay with them, keep breathing and conscious. The victim was rapidly transported to the Royal Perth Hospital, where he was stabilized.

A few hours later, two great white sharks were captured and killed by Fisheries Department officers. In the last three years, there were seven fatal shark attacks in Western Australia.

Sean Pollard is a member of the South Bunbury Football Club. Discover the most shark-infested waters in the world, and take a look at the shark attack map. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.