Crews respond to reported shark attack in WA’s South West

File Image. Photo: Tex Reeks.


Emergency Services are responding to a reported shark attack at a popular beach in Western Australia’s South West suburb of Naturaliste.

St John Ambulance, the RAC Rescue helicopter, police and fisheries are all responding to the attack at The Farm Surfing Spot of Bunker Bay in the City of Busselton about 2:15pm.

Police have confirmed a person has been pulled from the water.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are investigating the incident which is reported to have involved a four-metre white shark.

It’s understood a man, in his 20s, sustained leg injuries and is been flown to hospital by the RAC Rescue helicopter.

DPIRD has issued the following advice for water users in the area:

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Bunker Bay area and follow any local beach closures.
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 

  • DPIRD is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.
  • DPIRD Fisheries officers are onsite conducting beach patrols and the RAC helicopter is conducting aerial surveillance in the area. 
  • City of Busselton rangers have closed the beach. 

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