Tragedy as swimmer is ‘killed in shark attack’ at popular Western Australia beach

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Tragedy as swimmer is ‘killed in shark attack’ at popular Western Australia beach

  •  A swimmer was attacked by a shark in Broome, Western Australia, on Sunday
  •  Police recovered the man from the water at Cable Beach just after 8.45am  
  •  He was treated by paramedics and it is understood the man died after the attack 
  •  The man reportedly lost his hand and was also bitten on his upper thigh   

A man has tragically been killed in a shark attack at a popular beach in Western Australia

The swimmer was attacked at Cable Beach in Broome, on the northwest coast of Western Australia, at about 8.45am on Sunday morning.

WA Police said the man was recovered from the water and treated by local police officers before paramedics from St John Ambulance arrived. 

It is understood the swimmer was north of the Cable Beach rocks and lost his hand in the attack, The West Australian reported. 

A swimmer has tragically died after he was attacked by a shark on Cable Beach (pictured above) in Broome, on the northwest coast of Western Australia, on Sunday morning

It is understood the swimmer was north of the Cable Beach rocks at about 8.45am when he was bitten and lost his hand in the shark attack (file image of a great white shark pictured)

It is understood the swimmer was north of the Cable Beach rocks at about 8.45am when he was bitten and lost his hand in the shark attack (file image of a great white shark pictured)

It is understood the swimmer was north of the Cable Beach rocks at about 8.45am when he was bitten and lost his hand in the shark attack (file image of a great white shark pictured)  

The man was also bitten on his upper thigh.  

Police could not provide more details and said further information would be provided as it became available.

Cable Beach has been closed to the public. 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development was also notified of the incident. 

The DPIRD said it was investigating and working with local authorities to coordinate responses.  

‘Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA,’ a DPIRD statement said. 

‘Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.’

Beachgoers were urged to report any shark sightings to the Water Police. 

Cable Beach has been closed following the shark attack (file image pictured above)

Cable Beach has been closed following the shark attack (file image pictured above)

Cable Beach has been closed following the shark attack (file image pictured above) 

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