Family rescues teens from shark attack: 'Just in disbelief'

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A family’s fast-thinking response may have just saved two teenagers attacked by a shark on a Victorian beach from a far worse fate.

Peter and Dianne Hobbs told Nine’s Today they were teaching their kids how to surf at Ocean Grove beach on Monday about 7pm when they saw a boy and a girl in trouble.

Mr Hobbs said one of them was crying out that they had been bitten by a shark.

"We were still in a state of disbelief, but we just went into action stations really,” he told the program.

Two people run towards two teens who have been attacked by a shark at Ocean Grove, Victoria.
People run to help the teens (in the red circle) at Ocean Grove. Source: Today/ Nine Network

The dad swam over to them while his wife, a trained trauma nurse, managed to tourniquet the girl’s leg. Ms Hobbs said the girl had a large bite mark below her knee and one on her hand, while the boy had a bite mark on his back.

Surf Life Saving volunteers assisted. Mr Hobbs called an ambulance.

"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.

Ambulance Victoria said the girl was taken to Geelong University Hospital with lower body injuries and the boy was taken to the same hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Both, aged in their mid teens, were hospitalised in a stable condition.

VicEmergency also reported the appearance of a shark at Ocean Grove within 500m of the beach about 7.20pm on Monday. It was not immediately clear what species shark it was.

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