Fremantle Shark Attack: Search for Missing Man off Port Beach | Western Australia
Emergency services are searching for a man who was allegedly attacked by a shark off Port Beach in North Fremantle, Western Australia on Saturday morning.
WA Police said Water Police, Police Air Wing, Surf Life Saving and Surf Rescue Helicopter responded to reports of a shark attack off Port Beach at 10:10 a.m. Saturday morning.
The water police were coordinating a maritime search for the missing man, whose age had not yet been confirmed.
A spokesperson for St John’s Ambulance WA said they received a call at 10:03 am of a shark bite and dispatched three crew members to the scene.
The authorities of the Ministry of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), the Ministry of Transport (Navy) and the Ministry of Transport (Navy) also attended the scene.
Local councils have closed Port Beach and all beaches from Leighton Dog Beach to Sand Tracks Beach.
ABC reported that witnesses said the man was swimming beside a dinghy when a tiger shark and a great white shark attacked him. A group of boys who were in the canoe say they saw the incident.
Acting WA Police Inspector Emma Barnes said the search was ongoing.
Barnes added that “the actions of the witnesses were heroic and very courageous”.
“(They took) everyone out of the water and informed everyone of what was going on,” she said.
A man who was surfing at the time of the attack told the West Australian newspaper that a young teenager in a boat came “over the beach”, warning everyone.
“He was obviously very distraught, letting everyone know, ‘come out, there has been a shark’,” said the surfer.
“He kept coming down to the beach… Actually, I went to meet him at his boat to get more information on what’s going on. He said “someone was done, they took most of him”.
“This kid deserves a shout, he was a passionate little boat, he got everyone out.”
It’s pink snapper spawning season, which means there are more sharks off the WA coast at this time of year.
Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds, two bays just south of Fremantle, are closed until the end of January because spawning snapper tends to attract sharks.