Fisherman bitten by shark at popular WA tourist spot

Yahoo News Staff
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A man has been hospitalised after he was bitten by a shark north of Perth.

The spear fisherman received calf injuries after he was attacked south of Warroora Station, near Coral Bay, on Saturday about midday, according to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Nick Hardie, who was snorkelling nearby, told Nine News a boat carrying the man and his friends came to him for urgent help.

“The guy was laying flat in the floor of the boat,” he said.

“And had a bit of blood on the boat.”

Nick Hardie is pictured.
Nick Hardie said he helped the fisherman as he bled. Source: Nine News

Mr Hardie said the fisherman’s partner told him he had been bitten by a shark.

He told the ABC he dragged the man from the boat onto the jetty with tea towels wrapped around his leg.

“The bleeding had stopped but there was a bit of blood all over the boat,” he told the ABC.

The man was then airlifted to hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Coral Bay, Western Australia. Source: Getty
Coral Bay, Western Australia. Source: Getty

The department said witnesses believe the shark which bit him was either a whaler shark or bull shark.

Warning signs have been installed in the Warroora Station area for anyone using the beach.

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