A suspected shark attack on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula has left two teens in hospital and shut a beach.
Emergency services were called to Ocean Grove, southeast of Geelong, just after 7pm on Monday.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club said the teens were injured by a shark and VicEmergency issued a warning for the shark sighting close to shore.
Off-duty lifesavers and bystanders came to the aid of the teenage boy and girl before they were treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.
Salvation Army officer Peter Hobbs said he was out for a leisurely paddle when the pair were attacked while in the water nearby.
“We could see them splashing but didn’t know what was happening,” he wrote on social media.
“We didn’t see the shark, just the splash, but we heard the cries and our family mobilised.”
The girl suffered lower-body injuries and the boy minor injuries, Ambulance Victoria said.
Both are in a stable condition.
Ocean Grove main beach remains closed on Tuesday morning.
“Lifesavers have erected a beach closure sign, and we ask people to avoid the area until further notice,” Life Saving Victoria said in a statement.
“It’s important to remember sharks are a normal part of the marine environment and attacks like tonight’s are rare, so you should be alert but not alarmed.”