SYDNEY (AP) — A diver has been injured in a shark attack off Australia’s west coast.

Western Australia state police spokesman Sgt. Gerry Cassidy says the man was attacked Tuesday morning in a remote area near the southwest city of Esperance.

Cassidy says the man was diving for abalone when he was attacked.

A spokesman for the St. John Ambulance service says the 55-year-old victim has been taken to a hospital in Esperance for treatment. No information was immediately available on his injuries and his name was not released.

Sharks are common in Australian waters, though the nation has averaged just more than one fatal attack per year over the past 50 years.

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