Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

17-year-old girl dies after Esperance shark attack

17-year-old girl dies after Esperance shark attack

A 17-year-old girl has died following a shark attack while she was surfing with her father off the coast of Western Australia, as the girl's desperate mother and sisters watched from the beach.

The girl was grabbed by the shark at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay, in Esperance just before 4pm on Easter Monday.

Police, paramedics and Esperance Marine Rescue treated her on the beach and before rushing her to hospital. It's a little bit early.

Wylie Bay has been closed until further notice, the website says.

Seven News reported the girl, from Mandurah, was seriously mauled on one of her legs, leading to massive blood loss. Authorities have not said what kind of shark may be responsible.

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WA police confirmed on Monday night that the girl later died.

Last year, two people were killed by sharks in Western Australia, The Australian newspaper said.

The Department of Fisheries will monitor the beach on Tuesday. Kelp Beds, known as "Kelpies", is a popular surf break also used for camping and four-wheel driving, according to Caitlyn Rintoul of the Esperance Express.

In the same area as this latest incident in Wylie Bay, Sean Pollard lost his left arm and right hand in a shark attack in October 2014.

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