Man dies in shark attack in Western Australia

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A man has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth fatality in the country this year

Local media reports said the man was bitten on the upper thigh and hand. The species of shark involved in the attack is not known.

Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fisheries vessel was assigned to patrol the area.

The most recent previous attack in Western Australia occurred on Oct. 9 ,when a surfer was taken by a shark at Esperance on the state’s south coast. Companions saw the man, Andrew Sharpe, dragged from his board. His body wasn’t found despite a three-day search but his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were located.