A swimmer, which local authorities say was attacked by sharks, has gone missing off the coast of Western Australia. With the help of helicopters and lifeboats, the area around the port city of Fremantle where the accident took place is scoured.
A man went missing on Saturday off the coast of the Australian city of Fremantle, in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. According to the local authorities, the swimmer was attacked by two sharks – a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). At least five lifeboats and two helicopters are searching the area and an ambulance has been dispatched to the scene.
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Beaches from Leighton to South Beach closed. The witnesses of the event, as well as people who were swimming in the sea at the same time, are shocked.
“We’re coordinating the search for an adult male who has been attacked by a shark,” Police Inspector Emma Barnes said on Saturday. “The actions of the witnesses who got all the other swimmers out of the water and reported what happened were heroic and very brave,” she added.
Alex Dodds, who was at Fremantle Beach on Saturday morning, said he was shocked to learn about the incident. “They’re obviously looking for a body, that sounds pretty bad.” Let’s hope they will find them – he said.
This year, Australia has seen 17 unprovoked shark attacks on humans, killing two people, according to the government agency Taronga Conservation Society.
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