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Man killed in shark attack at popular Western Australia beach

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark near Broome in Western Australia, according to police, marking the eighth fatal shark attack in the country this year.

(CNN)A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark near Broome in Western Australia, according to police, marking the eighth fatal shark attack in the country this year.

"About 8:45 am this morning, 22 November 2020, police were advised of a fatal shark attack at Cable Beach," Western Australia Police said in a statement to CNN.

According to Surf Life Saving Western Australia and police, Cable Beach -- located on the northwest coast of Australia by the popular holiday destination of Broome -- has been closed as Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conduct patrols.

Patrols will halt overnight and resume early Monday morning, Surf Life Saving Western Australia said in an online update Sunday evening.

The public has been advised to take caution around the Cable Beach area and report any shark sightings to police.

The incident occurred about 1 mile north of Cable Beach Surf Club.

Only six weeks have passed since the last fatal shark attack, again in Western Australia, marked the most deaths from sharks in the country since 1934.

This year's attacks have taken place in a number of different states, including Queensland and New South Wales.

To put this year's spike into perspective, there were no shark attack deaths in Australia in 2019.

The last time the country had seven shark attack deaths a year was 1934, according to a spokesperson from the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

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