Man killed in shark attack in Western Australia state
SYDNEY (AP) — A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia state, 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. The 55-year-old man was pulled from the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived. He died at the scene, police said.
Police said later that they shot at the shark, which lingered close to the shore, for almost half an hour after the attack. The species of the shark was not immediately confirmed, but locals told reporters it may have been a tiger shark, which are sometimes drawn close to the shore by shoals of small fish.
Kimberley District Office Police Inspector Gene Pears told reporters that the victim had been body boarding about 100-130 feet from the beach when he was attacked. A couple on the beach saw thrashing in the water and rushed to drag the man to safety. The man suffered injuries to his leg and hand.
“It’s a tragic incident, very unexpected, a person going out to have a bit of fun in the water,” Pears said.