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Shark attack: Man killed at Cable Beach, Western Australia

“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.

A file image shows the golden sands of Cable Beach off Broome in northern Western Australia.

The incident occurred approx. 1 km north of Cable Beach Surf Club. Beaches have been closed from Dampier Creek to Coconut Wells.

It has only been six weeks 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. Among them is a diver who also disappeared in January after a suspected major white attack. His body was also never found.

To put this year’s peak in perspective, there were no shark infestation deaths in Australia in 2019.

The last time the country had seven shark deaths a year was in 1934, according to a spokesman for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. The highest annual number recorded dates back to 1929 with nine deaths.

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