“At around 8:45 am on November 22, 2020, police were advised of a deadly shark attack on Cable Beach,” Western Australian Police said in a statement to CNN.
“The man was recovered from the water and was treated by local police before a St. John’s ambulance arrived. Tragically, a 50-year-old local resident died of his injuries.”
According to Surf Life Saving Western Australia and police, Cable Beach on Australia’s northwest coast has been closed by Broom’s popular holiday destination as fisheries officials from the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development patrol.
Surf Life Saving Western Australia said in an online update on Sunday evening that the patrol would stay overnight and resume on Monday morning.
People are advised to exercise caution around the Cable Beach area and report any shark sites to the police.
The incident took place 1 mile north of Cable Beach Surf Club. Beaches from Dampier Creek to Coconut Wells are closed.
To put this year’s growth in perspective, there were no shark attacks in Australia in 2019.