Fatal shark attack in Western Australia

04:59, Nov 23 2013

A man has died after a reported shark attack off Gracetown, Western Australia, this morning.

Police were called at 9.10am regarding an attack near the car park at the end of Lefthanders Road in the town.

St Johns personnel and police attended the scene and found the dead man.

The scene of the attack, Lefthanders Beach which is located 270km south of Perth, has been closed.

Police spokesman Sam Dinnison said inquiries were continuing into the circumstances surrounding his death and the initial report of a shark attack.

The Department of Fisheries in Australia have been advised and will also investigate the incident.

The death is Gracetown's third shark-attack fatality in the past 10 years.

In 2004 surfer Bradley Smith was fatally mauled by a great white at a beach near the town, and in August 2010 another surfer, Nicholas Edwards, was killed by a shark at nearby South Point.

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