“Around 8:45 a.m. this morning, November 22, 2020, police were notified of a fatal shark attack off Cable Beach,” Western Australia Police said in a statement to CNN.
“The man was recovered from the water and was treated by local police before the arrival of the St. John Ambulance. Tragically, the man, a local resident in his 50s, died as a result of his injuries.”
According to Surf Life Saving Western Australia and police, Cable Beach – located on Australia’s northwest coast by the popular holiday destination Broome – has been closed as fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conduct patrols.
Patrols stop overnight and resume early Monday morning, Surf Life Saving Western Australia said in an online update on Sunday night.
The public has been advised to take precautions around the Cable Beach area and report any shark sightings to police.
The incident occurred approx. 1 km north of Cable Beach Surf Club. Beaches have been closed from Dampier Creek to Coconut Wells.
To put this year’s peak in perspective, there were no shark infestation deaths in Australia in 2019.