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Swimmer bitten by a shark in Perth’s Swan River

Swimmer is taken to hospital after being bitten by a shark in Perth

  • A man was bitten in the leg by a suspected bull shark in Perth’s Swan River
  • Paddleboarders and kayakers reportedly saved the man by fending off the shark
  • The injured man was taken to hospital under “priority 1” conditions

A man was seriously injured after being bitten in the leg by a suspected bull shark while swimming in Perth’s Swan River.

Father of two Cameron Wrathall, in his 50s, was bitten on the thigh by the shark at 8am Thursday at 8am at Blackwall Reach, a popular swimming area known for its limestone cliffs in Bicton, south from Perth.

Two kayakers reportedly heard Mr Wrathall’s screams and saw blood in the water, prompting them to fend off the predator with their paddles.

A man was bitten by a suspected bull shark at 8:00 on Thursday at Blackwall Reach (pictured), a popular swimming area in Bicton, south of Perth, known for its limestone cliffs

A man was bitten by a suspected bull shark at 8:00 on Thursday at Blackwall Reach (pictured), a popular swimming area in Bicton, south of Perth, known for its limestone cliffs

After being bitten, Mr. Wrathall was taken to the shore of a beach across from Blackwall Reach and given CPR.

He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital via St John Ambulance with injuries to his leg.

The severity of his injuries is not yet known, but he was taken to hospital under “priority 1” conditions, the fastest possible ambulance transport.

Mr. Wrathall was taken to an operating theater at 9:30 am, but doctors do not believe his injuries are life-threatening.

The man is now in a critical but stable condition in the hospital.

LocaMr Wrathall worked at the Fremantle Water Polo Club and swam in the river almost every day, according to the Western Australian.

The Western Australia Fisheries Department believes a two to three-meter bull shark was responsible for the attack.

Western Australia's Fisheries Department believes a two to three meter bull shark was responsible for the attack (stock image)

Western Australia's Fisheries Department believes a two to three meter bull shark was responsible for the attack (stock image)

Western Australia’s Fisheries Department believes a two to three meter bull shark was responsible for the attack (stock image)

There is a water ship on site and people have been taken out of the water.

A 13-year-old boy died after being bitten in the thigh by a bull shark in 1923 while swimming in the Swan River near Mosman Park.

This is the only recorded deadly bull shark attack in Perth’s Swan River.

Bull sharks are notorious for their aggressive nature and their presence in warm, shallow brackish and freshwater systems, including estuaries, canals and rivers.

It is also known as the Zambezi shark in Africa and ‘Lake Nicaragua shark’ in Nicaragua in South America.

The Swan River in Perth. A 13-year-old boy died after being bitten in the thigh by a bull shark in 1923 while swimming in the Swan River near Mosman Park. This is the only recorded fatal bull shark attack in Perth's Swan River.

The Swan River in Perth. A 13-year-old boy died after being bitten in the thigh by a bull shark in 1923 while swimming in the Swan River near Mosman Park. This is the only recorded fatal bull shark attack in Perth's Swan River.

The Swan River in Perth. A 13-year-old boy died after being bitten in the thigh by a bull shark in 1923 while swimming in the Swan River near Mosman Park. This is the only recorded fatal bull shark attack in Perth’s Swan River.

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