Man killed by shark at Western Australia's Cable Beach

Cable Beach

A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark near Broome in Western Australia, according to police, marking the eighth fatal shark attack in the country this year.

At about 8:45am, police were told of a serious shark attack at the popular tourist beach.

Western Australia police were not immediately available to comment.

"Police can confirm that tragically the man has died as a result of his injuries", he said.

Cable Beach has been closed to the public.

Shark attacks are rare on Cable Beach, a 22-kilometre (13-mile) stretch of pristine white sand next to the town of Broome. The man had been spearfishing near the reef before being attacked at about noon. The man suffered injuries to his leg and hand.

"It's a tragic incident, very unexpected, a person going out to have a bit of fun in the water", Mr Pears said.

'Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA, ' a DPIRD statement said.

The man was the eighth victim to die in a shark attack in Australia this year, the highest toll since 1929 when nine people died. His body wasn't found despite a three-day search, but his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were located.

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