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 spot on the Australian coast of the Indian Ocean, at 8:40 local time (19:40 ET).
The 55-year-old was pulled from the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived.
He died on the spot, police said.
Local media reports said the man was bitten in the upper thigh and hand.
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The species of shark involved in the attack is not known.
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 1
The introduction of the shark on popular beaches in the 1930s led to a marked decline in fatal attacks.
The most recent previous attack in Western Australia took place on October 9, when a surfer was taken by a shark off Esperance on the south coast of the state.
Companions saw the man, Andrew Sharpe, being pulled from his board.
His body was not found despite a three-day search, but his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were located.