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WA abalone fisherman fighting for life

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after nearly drowning while fishing for abalone on Perth's northern beaches.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were called to North Beach around 7am and rushed the man to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after administering CPR.

It was the first hour of the abalone fishing season, and almost 17,000 licence holders will be allowed to hunt for the delicacy between 7am and 8am on the first Sunday of each month through to March.

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