Teen surfer fatally injured in shark attack witnessed by family

Apr 18, 2017, 01:45
Teen surfer fatally injured in shark attack witnessed by family

Police said the 17-year-old was in the water with her father near the town of Esperance when she was attacked on Monday afternoon.

The girl was surfing with her father when she was attacked off Esperance in Western Australia state. It's a little bit early.

People have now been advised to stay clear of going to the area for at least the next 48 hours.

The girl was unconscious and her leg badly mauled when taken from the water.

Esperance Police have paid their condolences to the girl and described the circumstances as "devastating".

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The teenager's mother and two younger sisters are believed to have watched the attack helplessly from the beach during the family's Easter holiday. The beach was closed and surfers warned to avoid the area.

The Department of Fisheries will monitor the beach on Tuesday.

There have been two sightings of a medium-sized great white shark near Esperance in the last week according to the Shark Smart website.

- A 17-year-old surfer has been killed by a shark off Australia's south coast. It was reported that two great white sharks were involved in that incident.

Sharks are common in Australian waters, but fatal shark attacks have been rare over the past few decades.

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