Man killed in shark attack near Broome

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Male killed in shark attack at Broome's Cable Beach

A person has been killed in a shark attack off Broome's Cable Beach, in Western Australia's north, according to local authorities.

A man has died after being bitten by a shark at a beach popular with tourists on Australia's northwest coast, authorities said Sunday.

Western Australia police were not immediately available to comment. "Tragically the man, a local resident aged in his 50s, died as a result of his injuries".

Cable Beach, a 22km stretch of white sand beach, was closed after the incident.

The species of shark involved in the attack is not known. The man had been spearfishing near the reef before being attacked at about noon.

Kimberley District Office police inspector Gene Pears told reporters that the victim had been body boarding about 30 to 40 metres from the beach when he was attacked.

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

The toll of eight fatalities in shark attacks this year is Australia's highest since 1929, when nine died.

However, shark attacks are rare around Cable Beach, near the town of Broome.

Companions saw the man, Andrew Sharpe, dragged from his board.

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