A man has been attacked by a shark off Western Australia’s Gascoyne coast on Tuesday afternoon The attack occurred while he was surfing at Red Bluff near Quobba Station, 70 kilometres north of Carnarvon. The break is about 1,000 kilometres north of Perth.
The 34-year-old man received serious injuries but was conscious when he was brought ashore. The Department of Fisheries says the shark bit the surfer on the abdomen and as he tried to fend it off he was then mauled on the arm.
Rebecca Caldwell’s children were in the water when they noticed the man was injured, but she says they did not see the shark.
“The water was full of blood,” she said.
“He was conscious the whole way back though he was OK, he was good.
“He’s in good spirits, as well as he could be.”
Carnarvon Shire chief executive Maurice Battilana says the beach has since been closed. He has told the ABC it is in a remote area that is very popular with tourists.
“Extremely popular surfing and camping spot and we’re probably in the peak season, very popular surfing spot,” he said.
Police and the St John Ambulance were sent to the location and the man has been taken to Carnarvon Hospital. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is flying its crew from Meekatharra to Carnarvon and they will then fly the man to Perth for treatment. The RFDS says the man has serious injuries to his right arm and is in a stable condition.
There have been five fatal shark attacks in less than a year off WA’s coast.