A man was killed in a shark attack on the northwest coast of Western Australia.
The incident took place at Cable Beach in the popular Kimberley region tourist destination of Broome at around 8:45 a.m. local time (12:45 GMT).
It is understood that the man was swimming when he was bitten.
WA police said the man was retrieved from the water and treated by local police before the St. John Ambulance arrived at the beach.
“Tragically, the man died from his injuries,” a WA police spokesperson said.
The attack occurred about a mile north of Cable Beach Surf Club, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Regional Development said on the government’s SharkSmart website.
Broome County rangers were working with government departments, including the Fisheries Department, to close the beaches at Dampier Creek in Coconut Wells.
“North of the rocks, Cable Beach and Gantheuame Beach are all closed. People are urged to stay out of the water and not to go to the beaches,” the county warned.
Broome is a popular vacation destination – especially with international visitors. But WA’s strict border restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic made it a perfect option for Western Australians looking for a getaway in the state.