A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia on Sunday, killing the man, as authorities were searching for the shark as well as the man’s missing limbs.
The man, Kyle Burden, was bodyboarding with five friends when the shark attacked, a police spokesman said.
Burden died at the scene in the surfing haven known as The Farm, off Bunker Bay near the western town of Dunsborough. The beach was closed after the attack.
It is believed a surfer first spotted the shark, but it is unknown what kind of shark it was.
About 30 surfers were in the water when the shark attacked, according to a witness, Deb Pickett, who called police and an ambulance after hearing the disturbance.
“We had some sharks spotted far out at sea a few months ago, but they never come this close to the shore,” Pickett said.
She said helicopters were still searching the area for the shark late Sunday, while rescue staff searched for the Burden’s limbs, which she believed had been taken by the shark.
Local official Ian Stubbs said it was the first shark attack in the area in more than 20 years.
“A lot of people say the water is the sharkâ€™s territory,” Stubbs said. “But I think if they can find the shark (responsible) they should get rid of it,” he added.
One local surfer said it was well-known to the bodyboard community that a great white shark, thought to be a female, about 14 feet long, was commonly seen in the region.