A woman has been seriously injured in a shark attack at Port Noarlunga beach, located 30 kilometres south of Adelaide. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at around 1.20pm. Emergency services were called to the scene after reports of a beachgoer being bitten by a shark. Despite being conscious and breathing, the 32-year-old woman suffered major injuries to her face, described as 'life-threatening head injuries' by the South Australian Ambulance Service.
The victim was immediately transported from Port Noarlunga to the Flinders Medical Centre for urgent medical attention. Ambulance crews and a special operations team were on site to provide assistance. Following the incident, South Australia Police evacuated the water and conducted a search to locate the shark, but were unsuccessful. Despite this, members of the public have now returned to the water.
Authorities are actively investigating the incident, with officers patrolling the area and speaking to witnesses in order to gather more information about the attack. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia has been notified about the incident.
This recent shark attack follows a fatal incident last week where a surfer was mauled to death by a 4.2-meter great white shark near Granite Rock south of Streaky Bay. The victim, 55-year-old Todd Gendle, was attacked while surfing and witnesses described the horrifying moment the shark attacked him.
In addition to the recent incidents, another woman, Pamela Cook, was attacked by a shark at Beachport on October 2, and Simon Baccanello was killed in a shark attack at Walkers Rocks Beach in May.
Port Noarlunga is a popular beach destination known for swimming, snorkeling, and various boating activities, attracting both locals and tourists. Authorities will continue to monitor the area and ensure the safety of beachgoers.