Swimmers stranded as great white shark stalks beach: 'CRAZY'

A group of swimmers had to be rescued after they were stalked by a great white shark off a beach in southern WA.

Video shows the group on a rock off picturesque Twilight Beach at Esperance on Thursday.

They are circled by a shark blocking their only route back to the beach.

Resident Ben Graham told the ABC some swimmers tried their luck.

“It was crazy,” he said.

A shark swimming at Twilight Beach in Esperance.
A shark swims near rocks at Twilight Beach in Esperance, WA as swimmers look on. Source: Cale Walker

Cale Walker, who filmed the swimmers, told Yahoo News Australia he believes they were “probably fortunate” to avoid the shark.

“Prior to me filming this video the shark alarm at the beach had been activated and a heap of people had exited the water,” he said.

“These two guys just happened to be on the rock, which is a short swim from shore and decided to stay there when the alarm went off which was a wise decision.

“Eventually the surf life saving boat went out there and picked them up and brought them back to shore.”

Mr Walker believes the shark was a great white.

The Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club provided assistance and thankfully, no one was injured.

He said he has filmed a number of great whites in the area.

On Facebook, people marvelled at the spectacular WA surf but also feared the shark.

“The water looks so good. Just extra chompy,” one woman wrote.

Another woman suggested the shark was just enjoying its own backyard.

“Where else in the world would you see water like that?” she wrote.

Another woman wrote that seeing the shark is why she swims in an indoor pool.

Esperance has had three fatal shark attacks since 2017.

The most recent was Andrew Sharpe, who died off Kelps Bed in October 2020.

Nonetheless, the attacks haven’t kept people from enjoying WA’s pristine beaches.

Surf Life Saving Australia has been contacted for comment.

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