Karratha shark attack: Delta Island shark attack victim rushed to hospital after mauling

Jonathon Nolan and Peta RasdienPilbara News
VideoPossible shark attack reported off Delta Island in Karratha

A man in his 30s has been rushed to hospital after being bitten by a shark off the Pilbara coast.

He is believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shock attack.

A St John WA spokesperson confirmed a man in his 30s had been bitten by a shark in the Montebello Island archipelago near Delta Island, west of Karratha on Wednesday night.

She said emergency crews were called about 6.30pm to coordinate his rescue to the mainland.

“A boat was sent from Varanus Island, he was then taken to Barrow Island and then flown to Karratha Health Campus about 1am,” the spokesperson said.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesperson confirmed the victim “was treated for his injuries and transported to Karratha Health Campus for further treatment”.

“Due to privacy issues, we are unable to provide further details about the person,” the spokesperson said.

WA Country Health Service confirmed the man was in a stable condition.

DPIRD is working with local authorities to coordinate a response.

Pilbara Port Authority said it declined to comment on the matter.

“Given this is well outside of our port boundaries it would be inappropriate for us to comment,” a spokesperson said.

Swimmers in the Delta Island area have been advised to take extra care and check for shark activity updates on Shark Smart.

St John WA, Karratha Police and the City of Karratha have all been contacted for comment.

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