A young boy has been attacked by a shark just metres from the safety of the shore.
The 11-year-old lad was snorkelling off the coast of Western Australia when he was attacked, leading rescuers to have to fly out to the scene.
The incident occurred at the Kurrajong Campground at Cape Range National Park in the Shire of Exmouth, in upper-west Western Australia.
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The little lad was attacked at 3pm on Saturday (April 29) and was left in a serious but stable condition.
St John’s rescue crews flew to the area to treat him at the scene, with the boy receiving medical attention on the beach.
From there he was taken inland for further treatment.
The boy was brought ashore in a boat before being collected by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Australia at 5pm.
By 6:30pm he is understood to have made it to Exmouth Hospital.
Surf Life Saving WA alerted people in the area that there had been sightings of a shark – species unidentified – just metres from the shore.
The announcement was made regarding the wider Exmouth area and the beaches have since been closed from Pilgramunna north to Bloodwood Creek in Cape Range National Park.
It is not known at the time of writing what type of shark was involved in the attack, or what conditions led to it being aggressive.
This comes after surferDanny Williams described the momenthis pal Max Marsden was attacked by a shark while the pair were in the water off Western Australia.
Danny told ABC News how the shark bit the board and pinned his arm to it in the process.
"He punched [the shark] a few times. His arm was pretty busted up,” Danny said. “It wasn't a massive one, but it was big enough to do some damage."
The pair then had to get back land.
“[Max] was just paddling, like going through the pain,” Danny said. “He handled it like a champ."
Then they had to walk 2km to a place the ambulance could reach them.
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