POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 01:46 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2011
SYDNEY » A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia on Sunday, killing the man, police said. Authorities were searching for the shark as well as the man's missing limbs.
The man in his early 20s was bodyboarding with five friends when the shark attacked, a police spokesman said.
He 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.
About 30 surfers were in the water when the shark attacked, according to a beachside cafe employee, 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 man'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.