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Shark attack in Australia kills diver: police

01 april 2012, 14:32
©REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
©REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
A man diving off Western Australia was killed by a shark on Saturday, police said, the fourth fatal such attack in the state since late 2011, AFP reports.

No further details were immediately available on the man, who was diving with another man south of Stratham near Busselton, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Perth, in the early morning.

"It was a shark attack," a Western Australian Police spokewoman told AFP. "The other guy he was with is fine but tragically this man has been killed."

The man's body was being taken to Port Geographe Marina, she said.

The attack comes just 10 days after a surfer was bitten by a shark on Australia's eastern Gold Coast after he fell off his board and landed on the predator.

The animal, believed to be a bull shark which are known for their aggression, reportedly bit the 20-year-old twice, slicing his flesh down to the bone and severely damaging his Achilles tendon.

The latest incident also follows three fatal shark attacks on Australia's west coast in late 2011, an unusually high number that prompted the local government to vow a crackdown on the creatures.

An American diver was taken by a shark off Rottnest Island in October, just days after another man vanished while swimming in waters off the state capital Perth. A bodyboarder was killed near Dunsborough the previous month.

Sharks are a common feature of Australian waters but fatal attacks are rare.

Experts say the average number of attacks in Australia -- about 15 a year, with at least one being fatal -- have increased in line with population growth and the popularity of water sports.

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