Swimmer missing after shark attack off Western Australia coast

(Reuters) - A swimmer was missing off the coast of Western Australia on Saturday after what authorities said was an attack by possibly two sharks and "heroic" attempts by witnesses to help many others out of the water.

Police and rescue boats and helicopters were scouring the area around Port Beach in Fremantle, part of the metropolitan Perth area, for an adult male.

Police thanked witnesses who rushed to get other swimmers out of the water.

"I can say that the actions of the witnesses were heroic and very brave: for getting everyone else in the water out of the water and notifying everyone of what was happening," acting Inspector Emma Barnes told a news conference.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2019, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

Based on data from the Taronga Conservation Society, an Australian government agency in charge of several zoological parks, there have been 17 unprovoked shark attacks in Australia this year and two deaths.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In World

U.S. plans to reroute $67 million in aid towards Lebanon's armed forces
Lebanon will not 'hand over' Hezbollah arms at Gulf meeting, minister says
Ukrainian troops train with new British arms amid Russia tensions
'Horrific' destruction, casualties if Russia invades Ukraine -U.S.
Working with U.S., Guatemala detains 10 people in raids on migrant smugglers
Ukraine's president lashes out at too much 'panic' over Russia tensions
Beleaguered Trudeau rival embraces trucker protest despite concerns of violence
Biden administration to deny $130 million in military aid to Egypt -sources
Exclusive-Russia moves blood supplies near Ukraine, adding to U.S. concern, officials say
Russia says 184 staff to stay at embassy in U.S. after expulsion

Others Also Read