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West Oz surfer knocked off board by possible shark

The board post-bumping © AAP




Shark News

Woman knocked off her surfboard at Ocean Beach, Australia 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 June, 2015 - Denmark, Western Australia - The AAP reports today that "A woman knocked off her surfboard by what is believed to have been a shark in Western Australia's south says she feels very fortunate not be injured."

She can't confirm whether the bump came from a shark or not, but experts seem to believe that to be the case. 

The Department of Fisheries claims it is very likely it was a shark. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Lily Kumpe was surfing, lying on her board off Denmark's Ocean Beach, when she and her board were struck by a large black mass. 

"I just felt something hit me and I fell off my board," she told ABC radio. "I don't know for sure that it was a shark. It seemed gigantic but we didn't see it."

Her husband was surfing close by and immediately paddled over, and the couple swam to shore. Kumpe suffered some bruises on her face, as well as a few cuts from where her damaged board hit her. 

"I feel very fortunate I've not been injured - a little shaky still," Kumpe said. "I know that we'll be surfing again."


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