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Swimmer missing after shark attack at Perth beach


Police are frantically searching for a 57-year-old man after a shark attack off a popular Western Australian beach.

With an hour of daylight remaining, the search at Port Beach in North Fremantle will likely be called off to be continued at “first light” tomorrow.

Witnesses believe the shark was a 4.5-metre great white.

Shark attack Port Beach, North Fremantle, Western Australia. November 6, 2021.
Police are searching for a man in his 50s after a shark attack off a popular Western Australian beach (Holly Thompson)
A large shark was sighted close to shore shortly before the attack.
A large shark was sighted close to shore shortly before the attack. (9News)

A short time before the attack, a large shark was seen in the area.

The attack was witnessed by a group of teenage boys around 10am who tried to help the victim and raised the alarm.

However when the shark attacked a second time, they raced their boat, a metal dinghy, along the shoreline to clear the water of other swimmers and alert authorities.

Shark attack Port Beach, North Fremantle, Western Australia. November 6, 2021.
The search for the swimmer will extend into the evening, then resume at first light tomorrow. (Holly Thompson)
Shark attack Port Beach, North Fremantle, Western Australia. November 6, 2021.
Police have praised the actions of the boys who alerted emergency services to the attack “pretty much straight away” (Holly Thompson)

St Johns Ambulance crews were on scene at Port Beach in Fremantle just after 10am local time.

“We looked over and a kid was coming, flying down, trying to tell everyone to get out of the water,” one witness told 9News.

Acting Inspector Troy Douglas praised the actions of the boys who alerted emergency services to the attack “pretty much straight away”.

The victim was a regular swimmer at Port Beach, police said.

Surf lifesavers monitor the water after a shark attack. (9News)
Several beaches along the coast has been closed following the attack.
Several beaches along the coast has been closed following the attack. (9News)
A swimmer has been attacked by a shark at Port Beach. (9News)

Police boats and lifesavers are searching for the victim in the water. His condition is not known.

Police boats and other vessels are in the water.

The attack has forced the closure of several beaches along the coastline.

Port Beach was quickly closed, followed by Leighton Beach and Cottesloe Beach.

Shark attack Port Beach, North Fremantle, Western Australia. November 6, 2021.
Surf Life Saving reported an unknown species of shark about two metres long had been spotted off Port Beach just after 10am (Holly Thompson)



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