Surfer Survives Shark Attack After Having 'A Few Chunks Taken Out' of His Leg and Board

The girlfriend of a man bitten by a shark in Australia has described how lucky he was to escape with his life and praised those who rescued him.

The image of Phil Mummert's surfboard bitten through the middle attests to his terrifying encounter with the 13-foot Great White at Bunker Bay, about 140 miles south-west of Perth, Western Australia, on Friday.

Pictures shared on social media show Mummert, 28, in hospital where he is being treated for leg injuries. In a Facebook post, his girlfriend Mish Wright said that he was "doing OK," after surgery following the attack in which he "got a few chunks taken out of his leg."

This is what was left of surfer Phil Mummert's surfboard after he was bitten by a shark at Bunker Bay this afternoon....

Posted by ABC Perth on Friday, July 31, 2020

He was helped from the water by other surfers and was conscious as he was flown to Bunbury hospital, accompanied in the helicopter by Wright, Australia's ABC News reported.

"I honestly don't know how a person can see a total stranger getting attacked by a 4m great white shark and swim towards to save him so we are beyond grateful to everyone that helped save Phil's life," she said. "So lucky that Phil got away with his life and limbs and beyond lucky that we live in such a kind and caring community. So thankful for everyone who carried him to shore and for the ones that held his leg together for half an hour while waiting for the ambulance."

Dunsborough surfer Paul Burke also praised the actions of those who saved Mummert, telling ABC "that takes a lot of guts to paddle straight to the action."

The Western Australian government said in a statement that drone surveillance had confirmed the presence of schooling salmon and a seal colony in the area which is equally popular with swimmers and fishermen.

"These environmental conditions may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in the area," it added.

Bunker Bay beach near Dunsborough in the state's southwest was shut on Saturday following the attack.

So far this year, there have been five fatal shark attacks in Australian waters. In January, Gary Johnson, 57, was killed by a shark near Cull Island, close to West Beach in Esperance, also in Western Australia, Perth Now reported.

Last month, a 10-year-old boy was ripped from a fishing boat offshore from Stanley in Tasmania, but only suffered cuts.

Great White Shark
A Great White Sharks off the coast of Mexico is pictured in this illustrative image. A Great White attacked a man off the coast of Australia, tearing his board into two. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images