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Shark knocks WA surfer off his board

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

A surfer has walked away unscathed after a shark knocked him off his board and broke it in a terrifying confrontation at a beach in WA's South West region.

Fraser Penman took to Facebook after the incident at Indijup beach, near Yallingup, on Monday to thank his brother for helping him in what he described as the "scariest moment of my life".

"The biggest thank you to my little brother Logan for instantly paddling across and yelling 'punch it!' and throwing me his board, saving my life," he wrote.

"That takes a hell of a lot of courage and so much love, I am truly lucky to have you."

Although the species has not been confirmed, Surf Life Saving WA has received reports of a possible five-metre white shark in the area.

A shark warning was issued on Monday evening for Injidup beach following the incident, but the beach remains open.

The Department of Fisheries has reported an "unprecedented" number of shark sightings since June, with the majority of the more than 60 sightings occurring in the area of Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay in Perth.

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