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Brave family help save teen’s lives


A Victorian family are being hailed as heroes after saving two teenagers from a shark at a beach on Geelong’s south-east coast.

Peter and Dianne Hobbs were at the Ocean Grove beach with their children James and Ella yesterday when they saw the girl and boy in distress just after 7pm.

Mr Hobbs was teaching his daughter to surf when the teens started struggling nearby.

“We just initially thought they were playing, and before long they started yelling out that they had been bitten by a shark,” Mr Hobbs told Today.

The Hobbs family were quick to jump to action to help save the two teens from the shark. (Today)
Fellow surfers assist a woman following reports of a shark attack. (Facebook/Peter Hobbs)

“We were still in a state of disbelief, but we just went into action stations really.”

Ms Hobbs is a trauma nurse and was able to get medical help to the injured pair as soon as they were helped out of the water.

“Initially we were able to tourniquet her leg,” Ms Hobbs said.

“She had a large bite mark to her right lower leg, below the knee and one to her right hand as well and the man had one to his back as well.”

Mr Hobbs called an ambulance while lifesavers helped Ms Hobbs treat the teens.

The Victorian father said their children also helped treat the teens who were in a state of shock after the frightening event.

“Everyone just worked really well, James and Ella grabbed towels, we were able to stem the blood flow just through the use of towels,” Mr Hobbs said.

“The ambulances didn’t take very long to get here too which was really fantastic.

“Everyone was like a team. I think this is a huge example of where the community just rallies around and just does it.”

Two teenagers have been hospitalised after a suspected shark attack. (Google Maps)

The victims were taken in a stable condition from the Bellarine Peninsula beach to Geelong Hospital.

Ambulance Victoria confirmed the girl suffered lower body injuries, while the boy only suffered minor injuries.

Mr Hobbs earlier posted on social media about the incident, writing that he and his family were in “the right place at the right time”.

“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.”

The warning posted to VicEmergency’s website says a “shark incident” was reported at Ocean Grover at 7:20pm today. (VicEmergency)
A warning posted to the VicEmergency site said a “shark incident” was reported at Ocean Grover at 7.20pm on Sunday with a shark having been sighted within 500 metres of the beach.

State MP for Lara John Eren also noted the attack, saying he hoped everyone involved was okay.

Mr Hobbs said his daughter, Ella, had been planning to surf in the same spot on Monday.



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