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Man dies in shark attack at popular tourist spot in Western Australia

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SYDNEY – A man died on Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth fatality this year.

Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, at around 8:40 a.m. local time (7:40 p.m. ET).

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

He died on the scene, police said.

Local media reports said the man was bitten on the thigh and hand.

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The shark species involved in the attack are unknown.

Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fishing vessel was hired to patrol the area.

The victim was the eighth to die in a shark attack in Australia that year. This was the highest number since 1929, when nine died.

The introduction of shark nets on popular beaches in the 1930s resulted in a significant decrease in the number of deadly attacks.

The last previous attack in Western Australia occurred on October 9 when a surfer was captured by a shark in Esperance on the state’s south coast.

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

His body was not found despite a three-day search, but his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were found.

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