01/11/2021 - Boy 7 yr - Australia

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01/11/2021 - Boy 7 yr - Australia

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Boy, 7, is rushed to hospital in a serious condition after a suspected shark attack at a beach south of Melbourne

Boy, 7, rushed to hospital from Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, on Monday evening
Serious lower body injuries: a nasty cut on his leg. Stable condition in hospital
'Underwater incident' suspected to be a shark attack, shark not found
No swimming: Barwon Heads, Breamlea, Connewarre, Ocean Grove, Wallington

A child has been rushed to hospital and the public told to stay out of the water after a suspected shark attack at a popular surf beach in Victoria.

The seven-year-old boy was swimming near Thirteenth Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula west of Barwon Heads when he was left with serious leg injuries after an 'underwater incident'.

Paramedics and Westpac Rescue helicopters were called to the scene about 5.50pm on Monday.
A helicopter scoured the coastline for sharks, but it wasn't found. Pictured: helicopter at Aspendale Beach in Melbourne's south where another shark cleared the water on Friday


A helicopter scoured the coastline for sharks, but it wasn't found. Pictured: helicopter at Aspendale Beach in Melbourne's south where another shark cleared the water on Friday

A warning was issued of a shark sighting at Thirteenth Beach shortly after at 6.15pm and the beach was closed for swimming, with volunteer life savers helping people from the water.

'A primary school aged child is being taken to Geelong University Hospital in what's believed to be a serious condition with lower body injuries,' Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

The hospital later said the boy was in a stable condition with a cut on his leg.
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Life Saving Victoria State Agency Controller Simon White said the incident was a suspected shark attack and the beach was closed for swimming.

Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the water at Barwon Heads, Breamlea, Connewarre, Ocean Grove and Wallington.

A separate shark was suspected to have been seen about 50m out from shore at Bancoora Beach.
Thirteenth Beach near Barwon Heads on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula is a popular surfing spot


Thirteenth Beach near Barwon Heads on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula is a popular surfing spot

Life Saving Victoria deployed crews in an inflatable rescue boat to investigate, and and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter went to look - but they didn't find the shark.

Life Saving Victoria Director Lifesaving Services Kane Treloar told swimmers to stay between the red-and-yellow flags and avoid dirty or discoloured water.

'Never swim near river mouths or stormwater outlets after rain and avoid entering the water after dusk at night or before dawn,' he told the Geelong Advertiser.

Mr Treloar said if you do spot a shark, immediately leave the water and tell lifeguards, volunteer life savers or report it by calling Triple-0.

The incident comes days after swimmers were told to get out of the water at Aspendale Beach in Melbourne's south on Friday after a 1.5m shark was seen.


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