Teenage girl dies after shark attack in Western Australia

Caitlyn Rintoul 
17yo girl fighting for her life after Wylie Bay shark attack. #esperance

The 17-year-old was surfing near Wylie Bay, close to the Aussie city of Esperance.

Paramedics treated her on the beach but she died at a hospital in nearby Esperance with massive injuries to one of her legs, police said.

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 website Shark Smart WA has listed two sightings of a great white in the Esperance area over the last week.

There were two fatalities in Western Australia a year ago and there have been 15 since 2000 despite a controversial but short-lived "catch and kill" policy and extensive shark nets near popular...


However, the beaches in the area have been closed to surfers and swimmers for a 48-hour period. She was surfing with her father at a popular surf spot known Kelp Beds, three kilometres east of Wylie Bay, at the time of the attack.

Surfer Sean Pollard was attacked at Wylie Bay - eight kilometers from Monday's attack - in 2014.

In May Ben Gerring, 29, died following an attack at Falcon Beach, near Mandurah, while a month later 60-year-old Doreen Collyer died after a great white attack in Mindarie, just north of Perth.

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