Surfer attacked by suspected great white shark in WA

The man in his 20s was rushed to a nearby hospital.

A man has been attacked by what is believed to be a great white shark near a popular surfing area in WA.

The surfer, in his 20s, was near the Boat Ramp surfing spot at Gnarabup Beach when the incident occurred at 8.45am.

He swam himself to shore before seeking help at a nearby cafe, where an off duty nurse was able to provide first aid to a "deep" wound on his leg, The West Australian reported.

He was rushed to Margaret River Hospital before being transferred to Bunbury Hospital – more than hour away – for further treatment.

Left: A sign advising swimmers of a shark attack on a WA beach. RIGHT: A google maps image of the beach.
Several beaches along the coast have been closed after the suspected attack. Source: ABC/Google Maps

A St Johns Ambulance spokesperson told Yahoo News the victim is in a stable condition and is believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.

A witness told The West it was "bloody lucky" the surfer's injury "wasn't worse".

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has closed all beaches from Gas Bar to Margaret River Mouth Beach until further notice.

“To ensure the safety of our community, please do not enter the water during this time,” they said in a statement after the attack.

Signs at the beach erected by Surf Lifesaving WA say a 2.5m white shark was spotted in the area. Taking to Twitter, they said the shark was reported just after the attack at 9.06am.

The state's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advises anyone who spots a shark in WA to report it to Water Police on (08) 9442 8600.

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