A Western Australian man in his 30s is believed to have been critically injured after a suspected shark attack in the states north-west.
According to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) the reported shark attack happened at 11:30 am this morning in the Port Hedland area when the man was spearfishing.
Officials says that he was bitten within moments of spearing a fish.
The man’s arm had “nearly been severed ” said the Royal Flying Doctor Service with the 30 something year-old brought to shore via boat where he was met with two St John Ambulance crews and later taken to the Hedland Health Campus in a serious condition.
Emergency service crews were dispatched from Meekatharra to Port Hedland and said that man was in a stable condition but could not comment further on his injuries.
A Port Hedland local has been taken to hospital after a suspected shark bite. Emergency services were called to Richardson St boat ramp after 11:30am. The man is in his 30s. The extent of his injuries are unknown. We understand he will be flown to Perth with RFDS. @abcnews pic.twitter.com/0rQgjwvmPE
— Michelle Stanley (@michlstan) October 7, 2022
He has been flown to Royal Perth Hospital where it’s expected he will receive treatment later tonight but, in the meantime, the DPIRD is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.
They’re urging people to take extra precautions when entering the water in the Port Hedland area.
“Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA,” said Sharksmart.
“If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.”
More updates to come.