ABC A fatal shark attack on a teenage girl at a popular surf break on Western Australia’s south coast was witnessed by her family, police have said. The 17-year-old girl was surfing with her father at Kelp Beds at Wylie Bay, just a few kilometres from Esperance, about 4:00pm local time on Monday when she was attacked. Her mother and two siblings witnessed the attack from the beach. The teenager’s father managed to drag her ashore, but she died in hospital from her injuries a short time later. The girl was from the Mandurah suburb of Singleton, south of Perth, and was holidaying in the area over the Easter break. It is the second shark attack in Esperance in two-and–a-half years. Surfer Sean Pollard lost his left arm and right hand in the same area in October 2014. The Esperance shire has closed Wylie Bay beach and the WA Department of Fisheries is planning to spend the day patrolling the area. Esperance police officer, acting Senior Sergeant Ben Jeffes, praised the efforts of emergency service workers. “The circumstances around the attack were quite awful, but the volunteers and the emergency services here were quick to respond,” he said. “They got there very quickly but despite their best efforts to save the young lady, unfortunately she passed away last night.” He said it was a difficult time for the community. Senior Sergeant Jeffes said all pieces of the surfboard had now been recovered. “We’ll be forwarding that to the scientists at the Department of Fisheries … and they’ll attempt to identify what type of shark we’re dealing with here and that will assist them I presume in their patrols out on the ocean.” He urged people not to enter the water. “The message has to get out there, just don’t go in the water, it is simply not safe at this time,” he said. “People should not undertake any surfing, swimming or diving in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 48 hours and certainly until such a time as the beaches have been reopened.”
This is the second shark attack that we here at SportSmasher.com have posted this week, first a French surfer lost his leg when he was attacked by a twelve-foot-long tiger shark off the coast of Hawaii, and now this horrific story out of Western Australia. A teenage girl was surfing with her father off the coast off of Western Australia, as her mother and sisters watched from the beach, when she was attacked by a large shark. The species of shark has not yet been identified, but according to witness reports, it is believed to have been a deadly great white shark. The girl’s father was able to drag her to shore, but the teenager had suffered a serious wound to her leg, and she sadly bled to death on the beach. I could not imagine losing a loved one to a shark attack right in front of me, Rest In Peace to this poor girl, our thoughts are with her family.