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  • 8 February 2014, 23:24

Fisherman Dies In Australia Shark Attack

A spear fisherman has been killed in a shark attack in South Australia.

The 28-year-old from Adelaide, who has not been named, was practising for a competition when he disappeared off Goldsmith's beach on the picturesque Yorke Peninsular.

His friends, who were with him in the water 200 metres offshore, witnessed the attack and raised the alarm.

Police warned swimmers who flocked to the beaches to leave the water.

Extensive searches of the area by police, locals and the man's friends have so far failed to find his body.

There are reports a large shark was seen in the area last week.

"Witnesses saw the shark take him so it's suspected that he died from a fatal shark attack," a police spokesman said.

The attack comes as protesters in Western Australia continue to demonstrate against a recently introduced cull being carried out by the state government.

The policy is in response to a high number of deaths as a result of shark attacks in recent years.

Critics say there is no evidence culling sharks over three metres long will reduce attacks on humans.

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