Swimmer dies in ‘shocking’ shark attack, beach closed in Australia

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BROOME, Australia (AP/AuBC) — A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth fatality in the country this year.

Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, at about 8:40 a.m. local time.

The 55-year-old victim was pulled from the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived.

But, he died at the scene, police said.

The man was bitten on the upper thigh and hand, according to local media reports.

Western Australia state Premier Mark McGowan described the attack as a “tragic” and “shocking circumstance.”

The species of shark involved in the attack is not known.

Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fisheries vessel was assigned 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 at popular beaches in the 1930s led to a significant fall in fatal attacks.

The most recent previous attack in Western Australia occurred on Oct. 9 ,when a surfer was taken by a shark at Esperance on the state’s south coast.

Broome, near where the latest shark attack took place, is about 1,000 miles north of Western Australia’s largest city, Perth.

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