Man rushed to hospital with serious injuries after shark attack

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A man has been rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries after being attacked by a shark in Perth.

The victim in his 50s was set on by a bull shark while swimming in the Swan River at Blackwall Reach in Bicton, southwest of Perth, about 8am (local time) on Thursday.

He was reportedly assisted by passing kayakers and given CPR until emergency crews arrived before being rushed by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital.

The Swan River at Bicton, southwest of Perth. Source: Google Maps
The man was attacked near Bicton, in southwest Perth. Source: Google Maps

He was swimming with a friend at the time, just like he had done most other mornings, according to The West.

One of the kayakers used a shirt and tourniquet to help slow his bleeding before help arrived, the publication reported.

He is reportedly undergoing surgery on his upper right thigh where he was bitten.

Western Australia's fisheries department is investigating the attack and said the shark was reported to be two to three metres long.

A water police vessel is on the scene and people have been cleared from the water.

Shark attacks are incredibly rare for the river, with the attack reported to be the first in almost 50 years.

More to come.

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