9News has confirmed the victim as Charles Cernobori, a 59-year-old who was bodyboarding 30 metres from the shoreline of the popular beach when attacked.
Mr Cernobori was a well-known Broome local who worked at the Mangrove Hotel.
Mr Cernobori’s friend Ron told 9News reporter Michael Genovese he was “shocked” his good mate had been killed.
Ron said Mr Cernobori and his partner would visit Cable Beach “now and again”.
“Today he went down and never came back,” he said.
All beaches in the area were closed yesterday but have today reopened.
Authorities had been planning to search for the shark this morning, but it was feared stormy weather predicted for Broome may hamper those plans.
Police praised the heroic actions of a man who entered the water to help Mr Cernobori, who suffered fatal injuries.
He was rushed to hospital but later died.
It is the 14th fatal shark attack in Western Australia in 10 years.
Source: 9News | BBC News & Gossip