Surfer missing, shark attack suspected near Esperance, WA

A file photo from a previous attack at Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance, WA.
A file photo from a previous attack at Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance, WA.

A surfer is missing after a suspected shark attack at the notorious Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance, Western Australia.

Emergency authorities were called to the Wylie Bay beach before 11am.

A random surf board had been found floating in the water but the surfer, described only as an adult male, had not been found.

Police said the search and rescue operation was "ongoing."

Esperance Police, St John Ambulance, Marine Rescue, Surf Life Saving WA and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development representatives all are at the scene helping with the marine search and rescue operation.

Wylie Bay has been closed.

"Kelpies", as it is widely known, is a popular surf break which is only be accessed by car from one entry point.

In April, 2017, Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father when she was attacked and killed by a great white shark.

A year after the 17-year-old's death many questions remained about the state's policies regarding sharks. The question was asked: Are non-lethal measures the future of shark safety in WA?