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Teenager Found Dead After Shark Attack In Western Australia

Police investigating circumstances surrounding fatality at Cheynes Beach, WA.

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Friends remembered Muscat as a guy "who was always the life of the party".

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Albany Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the teenagers death.

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A member of the public informed police at 12:20pm (AWST time) Monday that they had found a deceased male in the water.

According to WA Police: "The man appears to have an injury to his body. Based on an initial assessment it appears the injury is consistent with a shark bite, however further assessment will need to be made to confirm this."

A WA Police spokesman said the victim was 17-year-old Muscat and that they had made contact with his family.

“Based on information we have been able to gather so far, it appears the deceased was diving and/or spear fishing in the area, with another person nearby.”

“It is believed a shark approached both of them, and at that time the deceased appears to have received a shark bite injury.

“The second person is not believed to have received any serious injuries.”

According to The West Australian, the pair were spearfishing near a rocky outcrop known as Three Stripes.

"A worker at the local caravan park said sharks were not commonly seen in the area, except for a few bronze whalers," reported the newspaper.

The death is the fourth fatal shark attack in Australia in 2014.

Mossman teen Daniel Smith died while spearfishing in FNQ / Via Facebook

December 15, 2014: Daniel Smith, 18, killed while spear fishing at Rudder Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

September 9, 2014: Paul Wilcox, 50, attacked while swimming off Clarkes Beach at Byron Bay, New South Wales. Witnesses reported a 3m shark in the area immediately after the attack.

April 3, 2014: Christine Armstrong, 63 taken by a suspected bronze whaler shark during her daily swim at Tathra Beach, New South Wales.

Cheynes Beach is a remote area, 65km east of Albany, best known for its caravan park.

Cheynes Beach: an isolated holiday spot with limited phone reception, difficult terrain for authorities @abcnewsPerth

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