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Australia 10yo boy bitten by shark at Coral Bay in WA to be flown to Perth Children's Hospital

09:05  11 june  2021
09:05  11 june  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a sandy beach next to a body of water: Coral Bay is a holiday town on WA's north-west coast, almost 1,000 kilometres north of Perth. (ABC Pilbara: Susan Standen) © Provided by ABC NEWS Coral Bay is a holiday town on WA's north-west coast, almost 1,000 kilometres north of Perth. (ABC Pilbara: Susan Standen)

A 10-year-old boy will be flown to Perth after being bitten by a shark in Coral Bay, on Western Australia's north-west coastline.

The Department of Fisheries said the boy was snorkelling 75 metres offshore at Five Finger Reef when a suspected two-metre bronze whaler attacked his foot.

A report was made at 11:14am to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

A two-metre bronze whaler shark was spotted in the area at 11:20am, according to a tweet from Surf Life Saving WA.

The boy is receiving treatment at the Coral Bay nursing post and will be collected by the Royal Flying Doctor Service before being flown to Perth and transported to Perth Children's Hospital for further treatment.

The beach at Five Finger Reef is closed for 24 hours.

Authorities have urged anyone in the waters of the Coral Bay area to "take additional caution".

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