Surfer Attacked By Shark At Gnarabup
Fisheries authorities in Western Australia are responding to reports a man has been bitten by a shark near Margaret River in the state's South West.
In a preliminary statement, WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said it was investigating a possible great white shark bite near Boat Ramp sbommie, offshore from Gnarabup, 280 kilometres south of Perth.
The man was bitten about 8:45am, with the department working with local authorities to determine details.
A St John Ambulance spokesperson said the man, a surfer in his 20s, was in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries and would be transferred to Bunbury Hospital for additional treatment.
The patient was originally taken to Margaret River hospital by private transport.
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has closed all beaches between Gas Bay and the mouth of the Margaret River until further notice.
"To ensure the safety of our community, please do not enter the water during this time," the shire statement reads.
// ANTHONY PANCIA
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