Teen Girl The Third Shark Attack Victim In WA In A Year
A 17-year-old girl surfing with her dad has become the third victim of a fatal shark attack in Western Australia in a year.
The girl was grabbed by the shark at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay, in Esperance just before 4pm on Easter Monday.
It is understood the shark attacked her leg and it was badly mauled.
She had lost a lot of blood when pulled from the water, according to a report by Seven News.
WA Police confirmed on Monday night that the girl had died.
Wylie Bay Beach is closed on Tuesday, and the Department of Fisheries will be conducting beach and water patrols from early in the day.
Surfers and swimmers have been advised against going into the water for at least two days.
Her mother and two sisters reportedly watched in horror from the beach as the she was attacked by the shark.
Police, ambulance and Esperance Marine Rescue treated the girl on the beach before she was taken to Esperance Hospital in a critical condition. But she died from her massive injuries.
The family, from Mandurah, was reportedly on an Easter holiday.
Sean Pollard lost both hands in a shark attack at the same beach in 2014.
She is WA's third fatal shark victim in a year. Last June surfer Ben Gerring died at Mandurah and diver Doreen Collyer was killed while diving at Mindarie Marina.
RECENT SHARK ATTACKS IN WA
June 5, 2016: Doreen Collyer, 60, died while diving a kilometre out from Mindarie Marina between One and Three Mile reefs
June 4, 2016: Ben Gerring, 29, was killed after having his leg severed by a great white shark at Falcon Beach, in Mandurah.
December 29, 2014: Jay Muscat, 17, is killed by a great white while spearfishing at Cheynes Beach near Albany, WA.
October 2, 2014: Sean Pollard, 23, loses both hands after a shark attack at Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance, WA.