Shark attack victim says ‘thanks’ to St John crew

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In the two years since Cameron Wrathall was attacked by a shark in the Swan River, he’s had a lot of people to thank for saving his life.

But until this month, the father of two had yet to be reunited with the St John crew who were first on the scene after the horrific incident.

Cameron had been swimming near Blackwall Reach in January, 2021 when a shark struck, breaking his hip and tearing a massive wound through his upper leg.

He made it to shore with the help of his friend and fellow swimmer, and two kayakers who witnessed the incident helped with a makeshift tourniquet until ambulances arrived.

St John paramedics Katie Watene and Ade Barron were among the first responders on a day they will never forget. 

Cameron Wrathall with St John paramedic Katie Watene.

“It’s so good to see a good outcome,” Katie said. 

“It was lovely to meet cam and hear about his recovery.”

Cameron said he didn’t remember the drive to hospital, but he was thankful to be alive and say “thanks” to the crew who helped to save his life.

“I’m very thankful to the ambulance officers for bringing me back,” he said.

“I’m very glad to be here.”

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