Sydney – One person died on Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth fatal incident in the country this year.
Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist destination on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, at 8:40 am (7:40 pm ET) local time.
The 55-year-old man was taken out of the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived.
Police said he died at the scene.
Local media reports stated that the man was bitten on the upper thigh and arm.
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The species of shark involved in the attack has not been detected.
The park rangers immediately closed the beach and were assigned a fishery vessel to patrol the area.
The victim was the eighth to die in a shark attack in Australia this year, the highest toll since 1929 when nine died.
The introduction of shark nets on popular beaches in the 1930s resulted in a significant decline in fatal attacks.
The most recent attack in Western Australia took place on 9 October, when a surfer from Alexandre took a surfer off the state’s south coast.
Peers saw Andrew Sharp, dragged off his board.
His body was not found despite a three-day search, but parts of his surfboard and his wetsuit were located.