Shark kills 17-year-old surfer in southern Australia

A teen girl died Monday afternoon following a shark attack while surfing with her father in Western Australia. She was later transported to Esperance Hospital.

She was treated on the beach near Wylie Bay and taken in critical condition to Esperance Hospital, where she died.

A beach on Western Australia's south coast, near Esperance, will remain closed today after a fatal shark attack.

Police later confirmed she had died from her injuries, tweeting their condolences and describing the attack as "devastating".

Seven News reported the girl, from Mandurah, was seriously mauled on one of her legs, leading to massive blood loss.


PerthNow reports there were two shark sightings in the area prior to Monday's attack.

Fishermen who arrived at the scene to render assistance said they spotted the shark and claimed it was larger than their 5.3m boat.

According to data from the Shark Research Institute, this is the eighth shark attack in Australian waters this year, and the first fatality.

Kelp Beds, also known as "Kelpies", is a popular surf break in a remote area also used for camping and four-wheel driving.

In 2014, a 23-year-old man lost both hands after a shark attackin the same area.


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