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Shark attack: boy flown to hospital after being bitten while snorkelling near Coral Bay in WA

A young boy has been flown to hospital after a shark bit him in the foot while snorkeling near Coral Bay in Western Australia.

The 10-year-old was attacked by a six-foot bronze whaler around 11 a.m. Friday at Five Finger Reef, south of the remote town, the state’s Ministry of Primary Industry and Regional Development said.

St John Ambulance said the boy was taken by plane to Perth Children’s Hospital.

He was about 75 yards from shore at the time of the attack, the department said. Five Finger Reef beach has been closed for 24 hours.

Officers from parks and wildlife have arrived on the scene.

In late March, spearfisher Jackson Howson was bitten in the leg by a six-foot shark near Coral Bay. He managed to escape after hitting him.

Coral Bay is located approximately 1,000 km north of Perth.

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