Rescuers have launched a search for the victim who was attacked in the water off Port Beach in Fremantle in Perth, Australia, with officials saying the shark measured about 6.5ft long
A swimmer is missing after being attacked by a “massive” shark at a beach in Australia.
Rescuers have launched a search for the male victim, who was bitten while swimming at Port Beach in Fremantle, Perth.
Officials said an unknown species of shark about two metres (6.5ft) long had been spotted in the water around the time of the attack, though some witnesses believed it was a great white.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene as an alarm and sirens went off, and lifeguards urged everyone to get out of the water at about 10am on Saturday.
One witness said he was surfing when a man in a dinghy “came flying at us” and screamed to get out of a water because there had been a shark attack. Seconds later, the witness saw a “massive shark”.
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Rescue boats and paramedics arrived minutes later, and a police helicopter was seen flying overhead as officials closed at least three beaches in the area.
A search was launched for a victim who had been bitten by a shark, 9News reported.
Witness Ivana Busic told the West Australian: “I was in the area surfing when the alarm went off and we heard there was a shark in the water.
“Everyone ran out of the water. I am pretty shocked.”
Another witness, Kaiden Boult, told the newspaper he was surfing a man in a dinghy “came flying at us and screamed at us to get out of the water because there’s been a shark attack”.
Seconds after getting out of the water and climbing onto rocks, Kaiden, 16, saw a “massive shark”.
Three St John Ambulance crews arrived at the incident minutes later.
A police helicopter soon swooped on the beach and rescue boats also arrived to join the search for the swimmer.
Witnesses on the beach reported seeing a shark in the area, with some believing it was a great white, ABC reported.
Port Beach was quickly closed, followed by Leighton and Cottesloe beaches.
The attack occurred 21 years to the day that a dad-of-three, Ken Crew, was killed by a great white shark at Cottesloe Beach.
The last person to be killed by a shark in the Perth area was nursing lecturer Doreen Collyer, 60, who was attacked by a great white while scuba diving off Mindarie in June 2016, the West Australian reported.