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Port beach shark attack: Fears of Perth’s first fatal shark attack in five years

A beachgoer who watched in horror as a 57-year-old father was “dragged under” the waves by a shark at Port Beach has recalled the harrowing incident.

“I saw the man struggling in the water, and then there was a commotion with a tinny coming over (to help) and that was the last we saw of him,” he informed The Sunday Times.

The sufferer, who was an everyday swimmer on the Fremantle beach, was feared lifeless late on Saturday, after authorities spent all day trying to find him following the attack at about 10am.

Witnesses consider it was a 4.5m monster that took the person. The incident appeared prone to be the first fatal shark attack in the Perth metro space for five years — and the first lethal mauling of the yr.

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Camera IconPolice boats and Surf Lifesaving WA boats trying to find the lacking man. Credit: 7NEWS/provided

The man’s distressed spouse and kids had been on the beach on the time.

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The witness, who requested to not be named, mentioned he additionally bought a take a look at the shark.

“It was big, and it looked like a white (pointer),” the Fremantle native mentioned.

“After the attack we saw it swing out the water with its fin. He was a big one.

“And then I saw these young guns in a tinny racing up the beach raising the alarm.”

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Leon Tanin and his good friend Scott had been swimming once they noticed what they described as a 4.5m-long shark.

They mentioned one of the 2 small boats was making an attempt to circle the person in the water.

“(They were) sort of trying to keep the shark away (from him),” one of the lads mentioned.

“(Afterwards) they seemed pretty shaken up by the whole thing.”

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Just minutes earlier than the alarm was raised, the surf was populated with surfers and bodyboarders, whereas households had been settling in for a sunny begin to the weekend on the in style beach.

The dad was swimming inside 50m of the shore simply north of Sandtrax (browsing spot) when the shark hit him.

Kaiden Boult, 16, left, mentioned he and his mates had been browsing close to the rocks when a boy in a dinghy “came flying at us and screamed at us to get out of the water because there’s been a shark attack”.

“We scurried out on to the rocks (and went) to get a look from a high vantage point. As soon as we did we saw a massive shark out there,” he mentioned.

A search is underway off Port Beach in Leighton for a man who is missing after a shark sighting in the area.
Camera IconSeveral boats, together with water police craft and vessels from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, scoured the shoreline, supported from the air by a number of helicopters. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“Next thing you know there’s cops and paramedics coming out of everywhere, and they cordoned it off and said it was a crime scene.”

Beaches from North Mole to North Cottesloe had been closed, simply as they had been 21 years in the past to the day.

On that day Ken Crew was attacked in the shallows at Cottesloe as he swam with mates.

Several boats, together with water police craft and vessels from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, scoured the shoreline, supported from the air by a number of helicopters.

The vessels had been joined by volunteer marine rescue crews from Whitfords and Joondalup, the Department of Fisheries and Surf Life Saving WA jet skis.

The marine operation was scaled again final night time, whereas beach patrols would proceed till first mild at which level search crews would return to the water.

Ivana Busic mentioned she was browsing when she heard an alarm and sirens, with lifeguards telling everybody to get out of the water.

“The alarm went off and we heard there was a shark in the water,” she mentioned.

“Everyone ran out of the water. I am pretty shocked.”

Simone Lazaroo noticed a “very large” dorsal fin.

“I spoke to the guy who made the triple zero call,” she mentioned.

“He had made a pre-emptive call for an ambulance because he saw a shark go really close to a guy who was swimming.

“That guy got out of the water. But then we heard about someone (else) going missing.” “Beaches are expected to remain closed for at least 24 hours,” a Department of Fisheries spokesperson mentioned.

“On behalf of the State Government, I’d like to extend our heartfelt thoughts to the family of this man at this very difficult time,” Fisheries Minister Don Punch mentioned.

“This is a terribly sad and distressing situation.”

A search is underway off Port Beach in Leighton for a man who is missing after a shark sighting in the area.
Camera IconA person is lacking after a shark attack. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Surf Life Saving WA’s helicopters’ shark-spotting patrols resumed on September 4. On the identical day, the federal government introduced its shark mitigation measures can be expanded additional to extend white shark tagging, fund beach enclosures, and meet demand for subsidised shark deterrent units.

The annual humpback whale migration is known to attract sharks to WA shores right now of yr.

The final particular person to be killed by a shark in the Perth metropolitan space was 60-year-old Doreen Collyer.

The ECU nursing lecturer died after she was attacked by an amazing white whereas scuba diving off Mindarie in 2016.

Her loss of life got here simply days after surfer Ben Gerring was fatally mauled by a shark off Mandurah’s Falcon Beach.

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