Gracetown, WA: Woman bitten by shark

A woman has been likely bitten by a shark on the foot near Margaret River in West Australia, forcing a beach to close.

The swimmer received the injury at Cowaramup Bay Beach at Gracetown, just after 10.30am on Saturday.

The woman, 46, was swimming over a weedy area about 50 minutes offshore when the incident unfolded, a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesman said.

“A witness observed the female walk ashore with bite marks on her foot,” he said.

“The shark wasn’t sighted so we’re not sure what type of shark it was.

“There’s been some conjecture it could be a wobbegong or something like that, but we just don’t know for sure.”

The woman was taken to hospital by paramedics.

Her wounds are not thought to be serious.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has closed the beach for the rest of the day.

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is urging beachgoers to obey the closure.

The Surf Life Saving WA helicopter carried an aerial patrol of the area but did not detect any sharks.

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