Police search for missing swimmer after shark attack in Western Australia

Police and surf rescue helicopters, as well as water police and surf rescue personnel, responded to reports of the “serious shark bite incident” in Port Beach around 10 am local time.

The search for the person continues, police said.

The city of Fremantle and the nearby city of Cottesloe have closed beaches in the area for the next 24 hours, according to the state Fisheries department.

Acting Inspector Emma Barnes, a Western Australian police officer, said: “A shark has attacked an adult male.

“I can say that the actions of the witnesses were heroic and very brave: for getting everyone else out of the water and telling everyone what was happening.”

CNN affiliate 9News said the attack was witnessed by a group of teenagers who tried to help the victim and then warned other swimmers to get out of the water.

According to 9News, police are looking for a man in his 50s and have said the victim was a regular swimmer on the beach in Port.

the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) the patrols will continue the search until sunset and will resume at dawn.
There was another shark attack on an Australian beach in September this year, resulting in the death of a man in his 20s.

Australia ranked only behind the United States in the number of unprovoked shark-human encounters in 2019, according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack Archive, Reuters said.


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