SYDNEY – A man died on Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth death in the country this year.
Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist destination on the Australian coast of the Indian Ocean, around 8:40 a.m. Local time (7:40 p.m. ET)
The 55-year-old man was pulled out of the water with serious injuries and was treated by police before the paramedics arrived.
He died at the scene, police said.
Local media reported that the man was bitten on the upper thigh and arm.
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The species of sharks involved in the attack are unknown.
Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fishing boat was assigned to patrol the area.
The victim is the eighth to die in a shark attack in Australia this year, the highest number since 1
The introduction of shark nets on popular beaches in the 1930s led to a significant drop in fatal attacks.
The last previous attack in Western Australia took place on October 9, when a surfer was taken by a shark in Esperance on the south coast of the state.
Companions saw the man, Andrew Sharp, pulled from the board.
His body was not found despite a three-day search, but the surfboard and parts of his suit were found.