Shark attacks man in 20s at Bunker Bay, Western Australia
A man in his 20s has been bitten by a shark at the popular Bunker Bay beach in Western Australia, about 260 kilometres south-west of Perth, where he was believed to have been surfing.
Police say the victim was taken out of the water and a rescue helicopter was being sent to the beach.
A spokeswoman for St John Ambulance said the victim was a man in his 20s who suffered a bite to his leg.
The extent of his injuries is not yet known.
Fisheries WA said the shark was thought to be a four-metre white shark.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development received a report of a possible "shark bite incident" about 2:15pm.
The rescue helicopter was dispatched from the regional centre of Bunbury.
A woman working at the nearby Pullman Bunker Bay resort told the ABC employees were asked to shift their cars from the carpark to make way for the rescue helicopter to land.
She said the man had been taken to a nearby house to receive first aid while awaiting the helicopter.
It is understood the victim had been surfing at the time and another surfer reported seeing a shark swim beneath him shortly before the attack.
It is expected he will be flown to Royal Perth Hospital.
People have been urged to take additional care in the Bunker Bay area and to observe any beach closures.
Bunker Bay is a popular, picturesque beach not far from the tourist town of Dunsborough, about 260 kilometres south-west of Perth.
The bay is frequented by swimmers, fishers and surfers who take advantage of the popular Farm Break surf spot at the north-eastern end of the bay.
In 2011 bodyboarder Kyle Burden was killed by a shark at Bunker Bay.
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