Esperance shark attack: Bunbury Man Sean Pollard is recovering well in hospital

SHARK attack victim Sean Pollard is awake and has a positive attitude about his future, police say.  

Mr Pollard was the victim of a savage attack involving two sharks while surfing at Kelp Beds beach near Wylie Bay, Esperance yesterday morning.

He was in a stable condition at Perth Royal Hospital this morning surrounded by family and his partner Claire Oakford, who was on the shore at the beach when the attack happened. 

During a press conference this morning, Senior Sergeant Richard Moore told the media he had spoken to Mr Pollard's partner who said the victim was awake in a stable condition and was feeling positive. 

LISTEN: Hear what Snr Sgt Moore had to say at the press conference below.

Mr Moore said when the attack happened Mr Pollard was in the water with another surfer, who was unknown to him.

After the attack, he was initially treated by an off-duty paramedic from Albany who happened to be holidaying in the area at the time of the attack. Mr Moore said the woman was "very vital" in Mr Pollard's treatment. 

Towels were used to wrap Mr Pollard's severed arms to stop the bleeding before he was met by emergency services. 

Mr Pollard's surf board was recovered with bite marks and would be taken to Perth for examinations.  

He could not provide any information about the sharks involved but understood two had attacked Mr Pollard. 

Mr Moore said both Mr Pollard and Miss Oakford were very thankful for all the support they had received since the attack including the emergency response, help from the Shire of Esperance and Virgin Airlines which provided Mr Pollard's family with a flight to Perth.

Mr Moore said Miss Oakford was "still in a bit of shock" but was supported by Mr Pollard's family and her family, who were from Tasmania, were travelling to be by her side too. 

Mr Moore said Esperance was a beautiful place and people shouldn't be put off visiting the area because of the attack. 

Video: Watch as shark attack victim Sean Pollard gets wheeled on a stretcher from an ambulance to the waiting Royal Flying Doctor Service plane at Esperance Airport.

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