Western Australia shark assault: police divers seek for lacking surfer | Western Australia

A search has resumed for a surfer who was mauled by a shark near Esperance in Western Australia.

The person couldn’t be discovered after being attacked simply earlier than 11am on Friday at Kelp Beds seaside. One other surfer tried to tug him from the water however was unable to take action, the Western Australian premier, Mark McGowan, stated.

The person’s surfboard had been recovered however there was no signal of him, McGowan stated.

Police divers and the Division of Main Industries and Regional Improvement distant underwater car staff had been concerned within the search on Saturday. The State Emergency Service, Surf Life Saving WA and native council officers had been additionally helping.

Rescue personnel looked for the person on Friday earlier than suspending the operation till first mild on Saturday.

Kelp Beds seaside was the location of a lethal shark mauling in 2017, when 17-year-old surfer Laeticia Brouwer was killed.

McGowan stated WA’s south coast, significantly round Esperance, was a identified breeding floor for excellent white sharks and residential to massive seal colonies.

He stated the federal government had taken additional security measures to guard swimmers and surfers, together with helicopter patrols, monitoring stations and subsidised shark shields.

Nevertheless, there was all the time a component of threat when coming into the water, he stated.

The Shire of Esperance has closed off seashores from Wylie Head to Cape Le Grand nationwide park.