Shark attack: surfer missing after several witnesses see incident on beach in Western Australia


A surfboard was recovered from the water in Wylie Bay but the surfer was not located, a police spokesperson said

A surfer is missing after receiving « a serious shark bite » in front of other surfers on a beach near Esperance in Western Australia

Police said on Friday evening that several witnesses saw the man attacked on Kelp Beds beach in Wylie Bay before 11 a.m. local time A surfboard with « obvious signs of shark attack » was recovered shortly after

« There were around six to eight surfers who were in the water at the time and a number of passers-by on the beach as well who all witnessed the attack, » Sgt Justin Tarasinski said on Friday. to journalists

« So yes, it was busy at the time. A number of witnesses saw the attack happen We obviously took testimony, but we will not go into details on these accounts at this time. »

State Premier Mark McGowan revealed that another surfer attempted to drive the shark victim away

« Unfortunately it has not been recovered yet, » the Prime Minister told reporters « It is a very, very difficult and potentially tragic situation happening in Spain »

Popular beach has already suffered shark attacks Laeticia Brouwer, 17, died of a shark bite on the same beach in April 2017 In 2014, surfer Sean Pollard lost one arm and his other main during a shark attack on the same site

Witnesses told Nine Journals they saw a shark swimming in the water moments before the attack

« I spotted a shark, 25-3 meters wide, around 50-100 meters I called [my partner] out and the next minute we flew [ambulances] in front of us », said Sammy Bamford

Tarasinski said a large search team was looking for the surfer.It included two rescue jet skis, two volunteer maritime rescue vessels and two other vessels

Senior sergeant said the surfer’s board washed up on the beach shortly after the attack

« The surfboard ran aground near where the attack took place with obvious signs of a shark attack, » he said. « The search will continue today as long as the conditions are favorable and as long as these conditions allow it « 

An earlier statement from the WA Department of Primary Industries said it was helping police in « a serious shark bite incident on Kelp Beds beach in Esperance »

Boats were in the water as part of a search and rescue operation at sea, according to the statement Beaches have been closed from Wylie Head to Cape Le Grand National Park

Earlier this week, drone footage captured professional surfer Matt Wilkinson’s narrow escape of a great white shark measuring around 25 meters off Ballina in northern New South Wales

Experienced diver Gary Johnson, 57, was killed by a shark near Cull Island in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia in January

A shark killed Zachary Robba, a Queensland ranger, 23, in April off the northwest of the island in the southern Great Barrier Reef

Gold Coast surfer Rob Pedretti, 60, died after being attacked in Salt Beach in South Kingscliff in North New South Wales in June

In July, a 36-year-old man from the Sunshine Coast died after being maimed while fishing underwater off Fraser Island, Queensland

Later that same month, a teenager died while surfing at Wilsons Headland in Wooli Beach in North New South Wales

46-year-old Gold Coast man Nick Slater died in September after being bitten by a shark while surfing at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta

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