Shark attack in Western Australia

23 November, 2013 - A man has died after a reported shark attack off Gracetown, Western Australia, this morning. Police were called at 9.10am regarding an attack near the car park at the end of Lefthanders Road in the town. St Johns personnel and police attended the scene and found the dead man. The scene of the attack, Lefthanders Beach which is located 270km south of Perth, has been closed. Police spokesman Sam Dinnison said inquiries were continuing into the circumstances surrounding his death and the initial report of a shark attack. The the Director General of the Department of Fisheries has issued an imminent threat order, and Fisheries officers had been sent to the area. Surfer Tom Jones says he was at nearby Big Rock beach at the time of the attack and knows of the victim.


Cop cars rolled up at Lefties and we thought, definitely another shark attack," he said, adding, "I know of him, and he was pretty young to die.  The death is Gracetown's third shark-attack fatality in the past 10 years. Mr Boyd, originally from Queensland, was killed instantly when he was mauled by a great white shark while surfing at popular break “Umbies” off Gracetown, 270km south of Perth at about 9am WST yesterday. Eyewitnesses said they saw another surfer drag the injured man onto his board and carry him to shore. They said the victim was missing his left arm and part of his right leg.

Beach-goers looked on in horror as Mr Boyd could not be revived. His yellow and green surfboard was recovered. The state's fisheries department issued a catch and kill order for the shark, saying there was an imminent threat of more attacks in the area. On Sunday morning two fisheries boats, surf life saving helicopters, officers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and police resumed the hunt for the shark.

A fisheries spokeswoman said they weren't ''just going to randomly kill sharks - it depends on what they see.