Man dies after a serious shark bite incident in Western Australia beach

A man was killed in a shark attack on Sunday off a popular beach on Western Australia’s north coast, local media reported.

The man was recovered from the water off Broome’s Cable Beach and treated by local police officers before an ambulance arrived.

The state’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said on its website it was “involved in assisting WA Police after a serious shark bite incident,” involving an adult man.

Cable Beach, a 22-km (14 mile) stretch of white sand beach, was closed after the incident, the DPIRD said.

“About 8:45 am this morning, 22 November 2020, police were advised of a fatal shark attack at Cable Beach,” Western Australia Police said in a statement.

“The man was recovered from the water and was treated by local police before arrival of St. John Ambulance. Tragically the man, a local resident aged in his 50s, died as a result of his injuries.”

The public has been advised to take caution around the Cable Beach area and report any shark sightings to police.

Only six weeks have passed since the last fatal shark attack, again in Western Australia, marked the most deaths from sharks in the country since 1934. The remains of the victim in that October attack were not found, although his surfboard was.

This year’s attacks have taken place in a number of different states, including Queensland and New South Wales.

The last time the country had seven shark attack deaths a year was 1934, according to a spokesperson from the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. The highest annual figure on record dates back to 1929, with nine deaths.