Frantic search for man attacked by shark at popular beach

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A massive marine search is underway for a man who was attacked by a shark while swimming next to a dinghy at a popular beach in Western Australia.

Water police, Surf Life Saving, the Surf Rescue helicopter and other agencies are desperately scouring the ocean off Port Beach in North Fremantle for any sign of the victim after reports of a “serious shark bite incident” just after 10am on Saturday.

Aerial view of surf lifesavers monitoring the water after a suspected shark attack in Perth. Source: 9 News
A man has been reported missing following an apparent shark attack at a Perth beach. Source: 9 News

Alarms and sirens went off warning beachgoers to get out of the water while Port Beach was quickly closed, followed by Leighton Beach and Cottesloe Beach.

The man’s condition is unknown, with some media reporting he may have died.

An aerial of Port Beach in Fremantle after a swimmer was attacked by a shark. Source: 9 News
A series of popular beaches in Western Australia have been closed following the shark attack on Saturday morning. Source: 9 News

Witnesses hailed as heroes

Horrific details are beginning to emerge about the shark attack as the frantic search continues.

Witnesses told the ABC the man was swimming next to a dinghy when a tiger shark and a great white shark lashed out.

A group of boys who were in the dinghy reportedly watched the terrifying attack unfold.

Police boats and lifesavers are searching for the victim in the water after a suspected shark attack. Source 9 News.
Witnesses saw both a tiger shark and a great white shark in the water. Source 9 News.

A surfer also recounted the harrowing ordeal to The West Australian.

Kaiden Boult said a man in a dingy “came flying at us and screamed at us to get out of the water because there’s been a shark attack” 100m from the shore.

He added that he saw a “massive shark” just seconds after getting out of the water.

“We scurried out onto the rocks as soon as we got out to get a look from a high vantage point and as soon as we did we saw a massive shark out in the water,” Mr Boult said.

WA police acting inspector Emma Barnes has described the actions of witnesses as “heroic and very brave.”

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