A bodyboarder bitten by a shark south of Perth has been flown to hospital as the WA premier urged beachgoers not to be “too frightened” in the water.
Noah Symmans, 20, of Albany, was bitten on the calf around 8.42am before dragging himself on to nearby rocks at Pyramids Beach at Dawesville on Sunday.
St John Ambulance said the injured man “suffered traumatic injuries to a foot and ankle” and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital.
The injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Surf Life Saving WA operations supervisor Jake Webb told The West Australian that one of the man’s friends, who was in the water with the victim, ran to alert life savers.
“I was surfing with another mate at a known break in Mandurah and it was fairly eerie vibes, a couple salmon were about and it was overcast,” he had said.
Mr Webb said that the pair were mid-conversation waiting in the line-up when he felt something grab his left leg and try and pull him under.
He said that with his other leg, he stomped the shark until it released him and they “gunned it for the rocks.”
Mr Webb said the victim had “four puncture marks” on his lower calf.
Surf lifesaving nippers and a local junior surfing competition was on at the time, with dozens of children needing to be rushed from the water.
Mr Symmans praised life guards and paramedics who treated him at the beach.
“I was treated by life guards and paramedics and flown by chopper to Royal Perth Hospital where I will undergo surgery tomorrow,” told The West.
“I’m just happy to be in one piece and thankful for all the help from the life guards and paramedics and the love from all my family and friends.”
The Sharksmart website says the beach was closed until further notice and advised those in waters in the Mandurah area take additional caution.
Premier Mark McGowan said the Sharksmart website, helicopter monitoring program, shark tagging, swimming enclosures and rebates for shark deterrents were examples of his government’s action towards preventing shark attacks.
“We just have to keep a level head and make sure we put in place sensible policies based on evidence,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“Everything a government can be doing, we’re doing.
“I urge everyone not to be too frightened but to take precautions.”
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly on Saturday announced new shark surveillance methods for WA surfing events, a new advertising campaign to educate the public on avoiding shark attacks and an independent panel to advise on new technology and policies.