A FAMILY are being hailed as heroes after saving two teenagers who were being mauled by a shark.
Peter and Dianne Hobbs were at the Ocean Grove beach, near Melbourne, Australia, with their children James and Ella yesterday evening when they saw the girl and boy in distress in the water.
The teenagers had been bitten by sharks after paddling out on their surfboards[/caption]
Mr Hobbs was teaching his daughter to surf when the teens started struggling nearby.
Describing on Facebook what happened next, he said: “We could see them splashing but didn’t know what was happening.
“We didn’t see the shark, just the splash, but we heard the cries and our family mobilised.”
Mr Hobbs wrote that his “legend” son James paddled out to help while a stranger also helped the stricken youngsters to shore.
The girl had a large bite mark to her right lower leg, below the knee and one to her right hand as well and the lad had one on his lower back.
Luckily his wife Di was a former trauma emergency nurse and so was able to aid step the blood loss with a tourniquet and towels.
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Meanwhile, his daughter Ella had brought in their boards and he called an ambulance and the teens were taken to hospital.
Reports indicate the shark was located within 500 metres of the beach when the attack took place. The species was unclear.
A “Dangerous Animal” alert was issued by VicEmergency with locals urged to keep out of the sea.
The beach remains closed today, with authorities on high alert.
The alert reads: “If you see the shark report the sighting..
“Always swim, dive or surf with a friend.
“Swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
“Don’t swim in places where human or animal waste enters the water.
“Keep away from large schools of fish, seals or other wildlife as these can attract sharks.”
A dangerous animal alert was in place at the beach near Melbourne after the horror attack[/caption]
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