Tributes have poured in for a bodyboarding grandfather who was killed by a shark as the number of fatal attacks rose to the highest number since 1934.
Charles Cernobori, 57, was mauled by a suspected tiger shark at Australia’s famed Cable Beach, 30 metres from the shore in Broome.
The dad of three was seen flailing his arms in the water as the beast attacked him, according to eye-witnesses.
Cernobori is the ninth victim of a fatal shark attack in Australia this year.
He worked at the Mangrove Hotel and was a grandfather of four in South Australia, although he reportedly did not know his grandchildren.
Emergency crews were scrambled to the beach just before 9am on Sunday and CPR was carried out but it was too late.
A couple saw Cernobori ‘thrashing’ in the water and a trail of blood before a man ventured out to pull him to the shore as the ambulance arrived.
Police Inspector Gene Pears said: “I commend them for their actions. Obviously, that would have been pretty horrific for those people.
“It was very brave to enter the water and do what they did.”
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His family issued a statement to 9 News, saying: “We miss you so much and cherish the memories of the time we spent with you. Love always, your girls.”
Mr Cernobori’s partner Sandra Howard paid tribute to him on social media.
“This is with a heavy heart that I do this. I would like to let my family and friends on Facebook (know) that my darling Charlie was taken from me today,” she wrote.
“My heart is broken and I hurt so much. Love you always, Charlie.”
Police legally shot the beast but it was unharmed and remained in the water for about 30 minutes after the attack.
DNA sampling is yet to be carried out but it is believed the shark was of the tiger species.
Although it was the first shark attack in Broome in nearly 30 years, it is the latest in a string of fatalities in Australian waters.
This year marks the highest number of shark related fatalities since 1934, with nine deaths so far.
There were no shark attack deaths in 2019.
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