broken surfboard discovered, ‘slim’ probability lacking man survived

A surfer who stays lacking after a shark assault in WA was within the water with a number of different individuals on the time however couldn’t be delivered to shore, as police verify the probabilities of survival are “fairly slim”.

Police mentioned the person was a widely known native, however haven’t launched his title or age.

NCA NewsWire understands he’s a father-of-two.

Authorities have been alerted simply earlier than 11am on Friday concerning the assault on the infamous Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, close to Esperance, in WA’s south.

Senior Sergeant Justin Tarasinski mentioned as much as eight surfers have been within the water on the time of the assault.

“The surfboard washed up close by to the place the assault occurred and with apparent indicators of shark assault,” he informed reporters.

“The probabilities of survival are clearly fairly slim contemplating a few of the accounts which were supplied to us.”

The search, involving jet skis and boats, will wrap up at sundown. It is going to resume on Saturday morning, together with the addition of police divers.

Premier Mark McGowan described it as a “very unhappy and doubtlessly tragic” scenario.

“One of many surfers tried to get him from the water however was unable to take action,” he informed reporters.

Jess Gardiner mentioned she was swimming lower than 1km away together with her younger daughter across the time of the assault.

“My associate had seen what he thought was to be a shark behind me, about 50 to 100m away from me,” she informed 9 Information.

“He mentioned it was anyplace between a 2 to 3m shark … panic set in.

“There was a good few households and children all through the bay.”

Shire of Esperance president Ian Mickel mentioned the neighborhood was saddened by the tragedy.

“It’s extraordinarily unhappy to listen to there’s been a shark assault once more,” he mentioned.

“We’ve had lots of assaults during the last seven years.

“It’s simply actually, actually disappointing.”

Esperance Ocean Security and Help committee member David Swan informed NCA NewsWire everybody was devastated.

“Our ideas are with the household and shut buddies,” he mentioned.

“Everybody’s in a little bit of shock and feeling very unhappy.”

Mr Swan mentioned he hoped Mr McGowan would quickly be keen to satisfy with the committee about mitigating shark assaults within the space.

“I invite and strongly hope the Premier will come down and see us, and hearken to our considerations and our options,” he mentioned.

“He confirmed nice management via COVID-19 and I want to see some management on this too.”

Mr McGowan mentioned his authorities was doing what it may to mitigate the chance of shark assaults in WA, together with extra reasonably priced Shark Shields and helicopter patrols.

He additionally mentioned the water off Esperance was a “breeding space” for white sharks.

“There’s all the time a danger while you go within the water,” he mentioned.

Seashores have been closed from Wylie Head to Cape Le Grand Nationwide Park.

Kelp Beds is a well-liked surf break and is the place Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was fatally bitten on the leg whereas browsing together with her dad in April 2017.

Surfer Sean Pollard was additionally mauled at Wylie Bay in 2014, shedding his proper hand and left arm, however he survived the assault.

In January, skilled diver Gary Johnson was taken by a shark close to Cull Island, near West Seashore in Esperance.