Cameron Pearman bitten by shark, rides bike home before hospital trip
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 November, 2014 - A teenage surfer has described how he cycled home to his parents after he was attacked by a shark near Mandurah. Cameron Pearman was sitting on his board off Port Bouvard, south of Mandurah, around 6.15am on Saturday when the shark struck.
He told Fairfax Media he saw the shark just before it attacked. "I saw the shark half a second before it bit my leg. It was fully grey all over. I didn't really feel anything at the time. It was a bit crazy for a moment but it started to hurt after the adrenalin wore off," he said.
The 13-year-old paddled to shore on Pyramids Beach as quickly as he could. "When I got there I pulled up the leg of my wetties and there was blood and cuts and I realised that I was so lucky I didn't lose my foot or something," he said.
The 13-year-old had been surfing with his cousin who is a trained surf lifesaver. He carried out first aid before Cameron climbed onto his bike and cycled about 2km home. "Dad didn't believe me for a bit but I showed him the cuts and then he believed me. Mum was a bit crazy," he said.