The man was transferred to hospital after being bitten on his leg, and while the extent of his injuries was not initially known, he was in a stable condition on Friday night
A man in his 20s is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by a great white shark at a popular surfing spot about 200km south of Perth.
The surfer was bitten on the leg at Bunker Bay, near the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, on Friday afternoon, a St John Ambulance WA spokeswoman told the Guardian.
A WA Country Health Service spokeswoman on Friday night said the man was at Bunbury hospital in a stable condition.
The state’s department of primary industries said in a statement “a male surfer received injuries after being bitten by a reported 4m white shark at approximately 2.15pm” on Friday.
Fisheries officers conducted beach patrols and the RAC helicopter was involved in aerial surveillance after the incident, the department said. City of Busselton rangers closed the beach.
Other surfers who helped pull the man out of the water described the shark as being about 4m.
“He’s just sitting on his board and the next thing you know we just heard someone go ‘shark’. I turned around and I’ve just seen this white (shark) kind of breach,” one of the man’s rescuers told the network. “It just obliterated his board.”
In mid-July, a teenager died while surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, off northern NSW.
Earlier in the month, a 36-year-old Sunshine Coast man died after being mauled while spearfishing off Queensland’s Fraser Island.
The Gold Coast surfer Rob Pedretti, 60, died after he was attacked at Salt Beach at South Kingscliff in northern NSW in June.
A shark also killed the 23-year-old Queensland wildlife ranger Zachary Robba in April off North West Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Experienced diver Gary Johnson, 57, was killed by a shark near Cull Island in Esperance on Western Australia’s south coast in January.
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