A body-boarder was killed in a shark attack off the coast of Western Australia on Sunday in what officials described as a "tragic" and "very unexpected" incident.
The 55-year-old man had ventured about 100 to 130 feet away from the shore at Cable Beach when the horrific attack took place, according to Kimberly District Police Inspector Gene Pears.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was helped by two beachgoers who observed the incident and hurried into the water to pull him away, but he died at the scene, authorities said.
The man's leg and hand were wounded in the shark attack.
"It's a tragic incident, very unexpected, a person going out to have a bit of fun in the water," said Pears. © Kim ChristianCable Beach in Western Australia.
Cable Beach in Western Australia. (Kim Christian/)
Police were called at around 8:40 p.m. to the beach, which runs along the Indian Ocean. Cable Beach, which is a prominent tourist destination, is located near the city of Broome.
There have now been eight deaths from shark attacks in Australia this year. That's the most since nine people were killed in shark attacks in 1929.
The shark involved in Sunday's incident stayed near the coast following the attack, prompting police to shoot at it for nearly a half hour.
With News Wire Services