The victim of a fatal shark attack at Western Australia’s iconic Cable Beach has been identified as a local hotel worker.
Charles Cernobori was attacked on Sunday morning when he was bodyboarding about 30m from the shore of the beach at Broome
The 59-year-old local worked at the Mangrove Hotel in the area.
Emergency crews were called to the beach around 8.45am and CPR was carried out, but Mr Cernobori died at the scene.
A couple who saw “thrashing” in the water went to help Mr Cernobori, with a man pulling him out of the water while his wife called an ambulance, WA Police Inspector Gene Pears said after the attack.
“I commend them for their actions. Obviously, that would have been pretty horrific for those people,” Inspector Pears said.
“It was very brave to enter the water and do what they did.”
Police legally shot at the animal, which remained in the area after the horror attack for up to 30 minutes, but it is believed the shark was unharmed.
Fisheries officers resumed patrols from 5am on Monday in a bid to find the deadly shark, the department confirmed.
Beaches from Dampier Creek to Coconut Wells, including Cable Beach, remain closed.
The type of shark is not known but is believed to be a tiger shark.
Broome is not believed to have had a fatal shark attack since 1993 when a pearl diver was killed at Roebuck Bay.
Cable Beach, which stretches 22km and is 2000km north of Perth, is one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
The attack happened during the “off-season”, and surf lifesavers finished their patrols at the beach last week.