Shark Kills Surfer

A surfer has died after being attacked by a shark. The accident happened on the southwestern coast of Australia today, according to the police.

The man, who was a 31 year old Australian, was attacked while surfing alone early in the morning at the beach near Gracetown, about 175 miles south of Perth.

The police officer reported that the man received life threatening injuries and died later at Margaret River Hospital. She also added that the man was from nearby Busselton and his identity may be released later today.

Phil Shaw, regional manager of the state Department of Fisheries, said officers would try to determine if the shark was still in the area, what species it was and whether it posed a risk.

Great white sharks are common off that part of the coast.

In 2004, another local surfer died after a shark attack at a Gracetown beach.

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