LATEST: Swan River shark victim named

 proxy.yoo.workers.dev  01/14/2021 05:31:00 

The swimmer critically injured in a shark attack in the Swan River this morning has been revealed as a well-known father of two.

Cameron Wrathall was on his daily morning swim with a friend near Blackwall Reach in the Swan River, when he was bitten about 7.58am this morning.

It is understood Mr Wrathall, who is aged in his 50s, was rescued by a couple of kayakers, who rushed to his aid.

One of the kayakers took off their t-shirt and wrapped a tourniquet around his side, while waiting for St John Ambulance.

Cameron Wrathall was critically injured in the attack.
Cameron Wrathall was critically injured in the attack. Credit: Unknown/Facebook

Mr Wrathall is believed to have lost a lot of blood in the attack and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

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He is undergoing emergency surgery on his upper right thigh, where he was bitten.

Locals told The West Australian Mr Wrathall, who worked at the Fremantle Water Polo Club, swam in the river almost every day  rain or shine  and had previously completed the Rottnest Swim.

David Davenport, who lives across the road from the river, was on his deck when he heard shouting and splashing.

After a while the splashing stopped and they & started swimming to shore, he said.

Police at the scene of the shark attack at Blackwall Reach this morning.
Police at the scene of the shark attack at Blackwall Reach this morning. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna/The West Australian

I could see the trail of blood coming out the one guy & that was quite scary.

Mr Davenport said once the men got to shore, the kayakers swam over to help and used a stand-up paddleboard as a stretcher to carry the injured man on to another residents front lawn.

He said they then took off his shirt and used it as a tourniquet.

Police at the scene this morning.
Police at the scene this morning. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

The amount of blood I saw coming out of him  it was quite astounding, Mr Davenport said.

You have to take the hats off to those guys.

The beach remains closed with police still present in the area to prevent swimmers returning to the water.

A helicopter is surveying the river from above.

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