Man killed in shark attack in Western Australia

A tawny nurse shark swims by as the SEA LIFE aquarium reopens to the public in Melbourne on Nov 13, 2020.
A tawny nurse shark swims by as the SEA LIFE aquarium reopens to the public in Melbourne on Nov 13, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - A man has died after being bitten by a shark at a beach popular with tourists on Australia’s northwest coast, authorities said on Sunday (Nov 22).

Police were called to a Cable Beach in the morning after reports of the attack.

The man was pulled from the water and given medical treatment but later succumbed to his injuries.

“Police can confirm that tragically the man has died,” Western Australia police said in a statement.

Shark attacks are rare on Cable Beach, a 22km stretch of pristine white sand next to the town of Broome.

But authorities are generally forced to close the beach once or twice a year when deadly saltwater crocodiles are spotted nearby.

The man’s death marks the eighth fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year.

There have been at least 22 shark maulings in the same period, according to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia government agency.