Swimmer bitten by a shark in Perth’s Swan River

A man has been seriously injured after being bitten on 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 his upper right thigh by the shark at Blackwall Reach, a popular swimming area known for its limestone cliffs in Bicton, south of Perth, at 8am on Thursday.   

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 Blackwall Reach (pictured), a popular swimming area in Bicton, south of Perth, known for its limestone cliffs at 8am on Thursday

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

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

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

The severity of his injuries is not known yet but he was taken to hospital under ‘priority one’ conditions, which is the fastest ambulance transport possible.

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

He man is now in a critical but stable condition in hospital.  

Locals said Mr Wrathall worked at the Fremantle Water Polo Club and swam in the river almost every day, according to the West Australian

Western Australia‘s fisheries department believes a bull shark two to three metres in size was responsible for the attack.   

Western Australia 's fisheries department believes a bull shark two to three metres in size was responsible for the attack (stock image)

Western Australia ‘s fisheries department believes a bull shark two to three metres in size was responsible for the attack (stock image) 

A water police vessel is on the scene and people have been cleared from the water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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