Man dies in violent shark attack at popular Australia tourist hotspot

A shark killed a 55-year-old man in Western Australia after biting his thigh and hand.

The attack caused eight deaths in Australia’s shark attacks this year, bringing the record of nine in 1929 closer.

Police were called to the popular tourist town of Cable Beach, on the Indian Ocean coastline at around 8:40 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Despite the best efforts of the police and then the ambulance crew, the man died of his injuries on the spot after being pulled ashore on the beach.

According to reports in local media, the man was bitten on the thigh and hand, but it is not known which shark species caused the devastating wounds.

The beach was immediately closed off by rangers and a fishing vessel was deployed to patrol the area.

October 9 was the recent shark attack before Sunday’s fatal outcome.

According to his companions in Esperance, Western Australia, a surfer was dragged off his board by a shark.

A three-day search yielded nothing more than his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit.