Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Teenage girl dies after shark attack while surfing in Western Australia

Teenage girl dies after shark attack while surfing in Western Australia

A 17-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark and killed Monday off Australia's south coast.

The girl was surfing in the surfer resort of Kelp Beds, near the town of Esperance in Wylie Bay, with her dad when the shark launched its attack.

Her mother and two sisters reportedly watched in horror from the beach as the she was attacked by the shark.

The Australian teen was hitting the waves with her dad in Esperance when the shark latched onto her and grabbed her, according to the Associated Press.

Since 1580, only one country ― the United States ― has seen more confirmed instances of unprovoked shark attacks than Australia, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

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Esperance Police offered condolences to the friends and family of the victim on Twitter.

Caitlyn Rintoul, a journalist for local newspaper The Esperance Express, said the Wylie Bay area was being patrolled by wildlife officials and the beach was closed.

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...

In 2014, a 23-year-old man lost both hands after a shark attackin the same area.

The girl, from Mandurah near Perth was on holiday and surfing with her father at the Kelp Beds surf break when the attack happened.

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