Man dies in shark attack at popular WA beach

Ash Cant
·2-min read

A man has died following a shark attack at a beach in Western Australia.

WA Police said officers were called to Cable Beach in Broome, more than 2000km north of Perth, about 8.45am (local time) on Sunday after reports of a “serious” shark attack.

“The man was recovered from the water and was treated by local police prior to arrival of St John Ambulance,” police said.

They confirmed the man died as a result of his injuries.

Pictured left is a stock image of a shark and right is a photo of Cable Beach.
A man has died following a shark attack at Cable Beach in Western Australia. Source: Getty Images, file

“It has been reported that the person lost their hand and was bitten on their upper thigh,” Dorsal Watch reported.

The man is believed to be in his 60s and was swimming at the time of the attack, Nine News reported.

The shark attack happened about 1.5km north of Cable Beach Surf Club, SharkSmart said.

Beaches in the area have been closed by the Broome rangers.

“North of the rocks, Cable Beach and Gantheuame Beach are all being closed currently,” the Shire of Broome announced on Facebook.

“People are urged to stay out of the water and not travel to the beaches.”

WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is investigating the attack and is working with local authorities.

Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot, stretches for 22km along WA’s coast.

In October, a swimmer was left fighting for their life following a shark attack on the Great Barrier Reef.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was treated at the Dungeness boat ramp at Lucinda and then airlifted to Townsville University Hospital, ABC News reported.

Earlier this month, a Westpac helicopter captured footage of more than 50 sharks swimming in the shallows off the NSW south coast.

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