Girl, 17, Killed by Shark While Surfing in Australia


The West Australian reported that the teenager had been surfing in the popular spot of Kelp Beds, which lies three kilometres east of Wylie Bay.

A 17-year-old girl has died after she was attacked by a shark on Western Australia's south coast, near Esperance.

Seven News reported the girl, from Mandurah, was seriously mauled on one of her legs, leading to massive blood loss.

This is a developing story. Police have not said what type of shark was responsible.

The area in which the teen surfer was attacked is known for encounters with Great Whites.

Authorities have also since closed Wylie Bay until further notice and have advised people not to enter the water for the next 48 hours.

She was surfing with her father while other family members waited on the beach. The two beaches are less than 8km apart.

PerthNow reports there were two shark sightings in the area prior to Monday's attack.

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 the beach.

At the same beach in 2014, Sean Pollard lost his left arm and right hand when two great whites attacked him.

She is WA's third fatal shark victim in a year.