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Search underway after possible shark attack in Esperance

St John Ambulance on standby as crews respond to possible shark attack at Kelp Beds beach in Esperance Western Australia.

Emergency services are responding to a possible shark attack at a popular Western Australian Beach in Esperance.

Authorities received reports of a possible “shark bite incident” at Kelp Beds Beach in Wylie Bay about 10:45am.

Police said a surfboard has been recovered and that they believe the missing surfer is a man.

St John Ambulance said they were on standby at the scene and a search is now underway.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) officers are working with local police and government officials.

There have been two shark attacks at Kelp Beds in the past ten years.

In April 2017, 17-year-old Mandurah girl, Laeticia Brouwer was fatally attacked by a shark while surfing with her father.

In 2014, surfer Sean Pollard lost his right hand and left arm.

Kelp Beds and surrounding beaches have been closed.

More information as it comes to hand.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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