Shark kills teen girl surfing with father

Laura Christensen
April 18, 2017

Police later confirmed to The West Australian this afternoon the girl had been attacked at Kelp Beds, approximately 3km east of Wylie Bay, Esperance and had since died from her injuries.

A 17-year-old girl died Monday after she was attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia.

This is a developing story.

It's understood her leg was badly mauled and she lost a lot of blood.

She was taken Esperance Hospital in critical condition, where she died soon after. Her mother and two sisters saw the attack from the beach.

Australia has averaged fewer than two deadly shark attacks per year in recent decades.

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The Department of Fisheries plans to patrol the beach and water in the area beginning Tuesday and will also investigate the attack, Sky News reported.

It is just east of Wylie Bay, the location in which Sean Pollard was attacked by two great white sharks in October 2014.

Local authorities have closed Wylie Bay beach until further notice and surfers have been advised to avoid the area for the next 48 hours.

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

This resulted in the man losing this left arm and right hand.

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