Falcon shark attack: man taken to hospital after horrific attack


The man is carried up the beach to the waiting ambulance.
Falcon shark attack: man taken to hospital after horrific attack
The man is carried up the beach to the waiting ambulance.

A SURFER has been taken to hospital by ambulance after a horrific shark attack at a Falcon beach, south of Mandurah.

The man, believed to be in his late 20s, was surfing with about 20 others when he was bitten below the knee just before 4pm.

It is understood he sustained a serious leg injury.

Two ground crews were at the scene and the rescue helicopter landed on the beach.

Paramedics worked on the surfer for about 15 minutes, before they took him up to a waiting ambulance.

The ambulance left for Peel Health Campus with lights flashing but no siren.

The surfers who had been in the water with the man at the time of the attack were visibly distressed.

One told Community News the man had lost his leg below the knee.

It was “big enough to take his f***ing leg off”, he said.

Pro-surfer, 14-year-old April McPherson, was surfing next to the man when he was attacked.

She was upset and led away by family before the injured surfer was brought to the waiting ambulance.

Another eyewitness said the shark had been hanging around for about three days.

The surfers estimated the man’s age to be between 25 and 30.

Following the attack the surfers ran to Falcon Beach Bay Café to get ice for the man’s leg.

Earlier today Surf Lifesaving WA reported a 3.5m shark at a beach in Dawesville.

The species involved in today’s attack is still unknown.

Falcon beach has been closed for 1km in each direction.