The person’s surfboard has been discovered, however he has not been positioned, police stated within the assertion.
Shortly after the assault, authorities acquired a public report of a shark sighting on the seaside, the DPIRD stated. The species was unknown.
Seashores within the space have since been closed. Water police are conducting a marine search and rescue operation, with extra vessels deployed to help.
There have been at the least six lethal shark assaults off the nation’s seashores this 12 months, based on the Australian Shark Assault File on the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. There have been no deadly shark assaults in Australia final 12 months and just one in 2018, based on the society’s database.
McGowan stated the state’s south coast, particularly close to Esperance, was a identified breeding floor for sharks like nice whites.
Esperance is about 720 kilometers (447 miles) southeast of the state capital, Perth, and is a well-liked diving spot.
There have been quite a lot of shark assaults close to Esperance lately — most notably in 2017, when 17-year previous Laeticia Brouwer was killed whereas browsing along with her father.
Quite a few assaults have additionally been reported in different Australian states together with Queensland, New South Wales, and Tasmania in latest months.