Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Man dies in shark attack in Western Australia

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Deanna Wagner | 22 November, 2020, 16:04

A 55-year-old man has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth shark-related fatality in the country this year.

A man has died after being bitten by a shark at a beach popular with tourists on Australia's northwest coast, authorities said Sunday. "Tragically the man, a local resident aged in his 50s, died as a result of his injuries".

Cable Beach has been closed to the public.

The man was in the water when the shark mauled his leg and bit off his hand.

'Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA, ' a DPIRD statement said. It is the eighth fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year.

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However, shark attacks are rare around Cable Beach, near the town of Broome.

The most recent previous attack in Western Australia occurred on October 9, when a surfer was taken by a shark at Esperance on the state's south coast.

Companions saw the man, Andrew Sharpe, dragged from his board.

Despite a three-day search, his body was never found.

Broome, near where Sunday's shark attack took place, is about 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) north of Perth, Western Australia's largest city.