Shark attack record broken as Australia sees highest annual death toll since 1929 | World | News

The man, who was in his 50s, was attacked off a popular tourist beach near Broome in Western Australia. Police said the man was body-boarding off the coast at Cable Beach during the attack.

A couple saw the attack from the shore and were able to bring the man to the beach.

Police said: “They observed a disturbance and some thrashing the water.

“They retrieved the injured man from the water and dragged him to the beach whilst his wife called police and an ambulance.”

In a police statement, they confirmed the man had died as a result of his injuries and warned the public to be cautious and to report any shark sightings.

They said: “The man was recovered from the water and was treated by local police before arrival of St John Ambulance.

“Tragically the man, a local resident aged in his 50s, died as a result of his injuries.”

This recent attacked marked the eighth death in 2020 alone, a dramatic increase from none last year.

The last time the country saw more than eight shark attack deaths was back in 1929 when nine people died.

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According to the report, it states the highest number of unprovoked attacks took place in the US last year but none were fatal.

The report said: “The total number of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide is extremely low, given the number of people participating in aquatic recreation each year.

“Fatality rates have declined for decades, reflecting advances in beach safety, medical treatment, and public awareness.

“This underscores the importance of global efforts to improve ocean rescue, medical care and shark education.”

Last weekend, a 17-year-old boy needed 22 stitches in his right leg to close multiple cuts following an attack in Florida.

Jordan Hooper was swimming for his surfboard when he realised he kicked something in the water.

Mr Hooper told US broadcaster WESH: “It grabbed completely around my leg. The back of it is the worst.

“All of its teeth went straight through my leg.

“They said it could have been anywhere from a 6 to 7-foot blacktip.”

Mr Hooper was in the water for about 10 minutes and approximately 100 feet from shore when he was washed out by a wave from his board.

When he rose to the surface, he noticed his board was moving 30 feet away which he then swam after.

Mr Hooper added that he never saw the shark but knew straight away what had bit him.

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