A teenage surfer has died after she was mauled by a shark in Western Australia’s south.
The family of a 17-year-old West Australian girl killed by a shark while she was surfing on an Easter family holiday have said she “died doing something she loved”.
She was surfing with her father in the late afternoon.
The girl’s mother and two sisters reportedly watched in horror from the beach as the 17-year-old was grabbed by the shark at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay, in Esperance just before 4pm on Monday.
It’s understood her leg was badly mauled in the attack and she had lost a lot of blood when pulled from the water, Seven News reported.
The teenager’s father managed to drag her ashore, but she died in hospital from her injuries a short time later. Police, ambulance and Esperance Marine Rescue treated the girl on the beach before she was taken to Esperance Hospital in a critical condition.
It is the second shark attack in Esperance in two-and-a-half years. The Esperance shire has closed Wylie Bay beach and the WA Department of Fisheries is planning to spend the day patrolling the area.
This is close to the same location where 23-year-old surfer Sean Pollard lost both hands by a shark in 2014.
Source: abc.net.au / theaustralian.com.au