Man attacked by huge shark at popular WA beach

Yahoo News Staff

A man has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a shark at Bunker Bay in WA's South West.

St John Ambulance WA confirmed the attack to Yahoo News Australia after two road crews and a helicopter were sent to the scene late Friday afternoon.

“A male in his 20s suffered a shark bite to the leg,” a spokesperson said.

The extent of the injury in not yet known but it’s not believed to be life threatening.

Surfers walk along the beach at Bunker Bay, 2.5 hours south of Perth in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Source: AAP
Surfers walk along the beach at Bunker Bay, 2.5 hours south of Perth in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Source: AAP

According to Dorsal Watch, a shark was spotted in the area about 2:28pm Friday.

After being dragged from the ocean, the man was set to be transported to Royal Perth hospital around 4pm this afternoon.

The area is a popular spot with surfers and is nearby the tourist town of Dunsborough, about 260 kilometres south-west of Perth.

Surf Life Saving WA issued a number of warnings today about a shark swimming close to shore in the area.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said the shark was reportedly four metres long.

City of Busselton rangers have now closed the beach this afternoon while the RAC helicopter is conducting aerial surveillance in the area.

In 2011, bodyboarder Kyle Burden was killed in a shark attack at Bunker Bay.

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