Shark attack off WA’s north-west coast

A person has reportedly been attacked by a shark at Coral Bay, on Western Australia’s north-west coastline.

WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said it received a report at 11.14am on Friday (local time) of a “possible shark bite incident”.

“DPIRD is working with local authorities and further information will be provided as it becomes available,” the department said.

St John Ambulance has confirmed to local media that paramedics were attending to one injured person, who had been bitten on the foot.

DPIRD is investigating the incident.

Friday’s attack comes less than three months after a man in his 20s was bitten by a shark while spear-fishing in Coral Bay. His fiancee, a trainee paramedic, gave emergency first aid before he was flown to Perth for emergency treatment.

Coral Bay is about 1200 kilometres north of Perth, in the Shire of Carnarvon. Bordered by the Ningaloo Reef, it is a popular tourist destination, particularly in winter.

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