A bloke who was attacked by a shark whilst taking a dip in an Australian river has been revealed as a dad-of-two.

Beloved father Cameron Wrathall was mauled during his daily morning swim in Swan River, near Blackwall Reach, Perth.

Mr Wrathall, who is in his 50s, was bitten just before 8am on January 14.

He was rescued by a group of kayakers who saw the ordeal, Perth Now reported.

One passerby used their t-shirt to wrap around the injured swimmer as emergency services were scrambled to the scene.

Meanwhile another kayaker used their paddle as a stretcher to get Mr Wrathall to safety.

Despite losing a lot of blood, he remains in a critical but stable condition with a severe bite to his upper right thigh.

David Davenport, who lives across the road from the river, said he heard shouting whilst on his deck this morning.

He told local media: “After a while the splashing stopped and they … started swimming to shore.

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“I could see the trail of blood coming out the one guy … that was quite scary. The amount of blood I saw coming if him was quite astounding.”

A helicopter is now reportedly scouring the water.

Western Australia’s fisheries are now investigating the extremely rare attack.

Mark McGowan, the state’s premier, said it was a serious bite.

He told reporters: “We haven’t had an attack by a bull shark in the river for 50 years.

“The last time someone was killed by a bull shark in the river was 100 years ago. So this is unexpected and surprising.”

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