Friday, 28 July, 2017

Shark kills 17-year-old surfer in southern Australia

A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark near Esperance in Western Australia's south A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark near Esperance in Western Australia's south
Saul Franklin | 18 April, 2017, 02:45

A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia's south.

WA police confirmed on Monday night that the girl later died.

This is a developing story.

She reportedly lost her leg during the attack and was treated by paramedics on the beach at Bandy Creek.

The attack brings the number of people killed by sharks off the coast of WA since 2000 to 15.

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

Nearby Wylies Bay beach has been closed until future notice and is being patrolled for any shark sightings.

In 2014, another surfer was attacked at Kelp Beds.

The Evening Standard reported that shark attacks have gone down in Australia to fewer than two attacks occurring per year. Kelp Beds, known as "Kelpies", is a popular surf break also used for camping and four-wheel driving, according to Caitlyn Rintoul of the Esperance Express. Sean Pollard, 23 at the time, lost one arm and a portion of his other during the attack.

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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