Shark attacks man at Gumtree Bay near Leeman

A man has a 20cm laceration below the knee after a shark attack in Western Australia.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said authorities received the call just after 2.30pm on Wednesday that a man had been attacked at Gumtree Bay, near Leeman, about 260km north of Perth.

Paramedics took the man to the Leeman Nursing Post.

The spokeswoman said his bleeding was controlled and he was in a stable condition.

A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane is on standby to take the man to Perth for treatment if required.

It is not yet known what species of shark was responsible for the attack.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is warning people to take additional caution in the Gumtree Bay area.

“Adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA,” DPIRD said.

“DPIRD is working with local authorities to co-ordinate responses.”

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