Swimmer killed by shark at Broome’s Cable Beach

A man has died after being attacked by a shark at Broome's iconic Cable Beach on Sunday morning, according to authorities.

Police said they responded to reports of a serious shark attack at Cable Beach about 8.45am.

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

"Police can confirm that tragically the man has died as a result of his injuries," he said.

"More information will be provided when available."

The man had been swimming north of the Cable Beach rocks when the attack happened.

It is understood he lost his hand and was bitten on his upper thigh.

The beach has been closed by Broome Rangers.

It has been just six weeks since the last fatal shark attack off the WA coast, after surfer Andrew Sharpe disappeared at a popular surf break at Esperance on the state’s south coast on October 9.

Authorities believe Mr Sharpe was taken by a shark after widespread reports of a sighting at the Kelp Beds at Wylie Beach in Esperance.

Despite a three-day search, his body was never found. His surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were later recovered.

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