A 17-year-old girl has tragically died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, police confirm.
The girl was reportedly surfing with her father when she was grabbed by the shark at Kelp Beds, a popular spot for surfers near Wylie Bay in Esperance, just before 4pm on Monday.
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 teen, identified only as being from Mandurah near Perth, was treated at the scene by paramedics before she was taken to Esperance hospital in a critical condition but sadly couldn’t be saved.
It’s understood the teenagers leg was badly mauled and she had also lost a considerable amount of blood when pulled from the water, Seven News reported.
Kelp Beds is the same surf break in which Sean Pollard lost his left arm and right hand when he was viciously attacked by two sharks in 2014.
Sharksmart, a website which tracks shark activity in Western Australia, reported two shark sightings for the area around Esperance in the days preceding the attack, according to The West Australian.
Local authorities have closed Wylie Bay beach until further notice and surfers have been advised to avoid the area for the next 48 hours.
“Our advice to water users is to not undertake surfing, swimming or diving activities in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 48 hours,” Department of Fisheries said.
Two people were killed by sharks in Western Australia last year.