Man killed in shark attack at popular Western Australia beach

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2020

The swimmer was attacked on Cable Beach in Broome, on the northwest coast of Western Australia, at about 8.45am on Sunday morning.

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.

Authorities have asked people to take additional care near Cable Beach.

"Police can confirm that tragically the man has died as a result of his injuries", he said. The man suffered injuries to his leg and hand.

But authorities are generally forced to close the beach once or twice a year when deadly saltwater crocodiles are spotted nearby.

Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fishing vessel was assigned to patrol the area.

The victim was the eighth to die in a shark attack in Australia this year, the highest toll since 1929 when nine died.

It has been just six weeks since the last fatal shark attack off the WA coast, after surfer Andrew Sharpe disappeared at a popular surf break at Esperance on the state's south coast on October 9.

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

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

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