Shark kills 17-year-old surfer in southern Australia

A 17-year-old girl has tragically died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, police confirm.

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. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Esperance Hospital in a critical condition where she died from her injuries, WA Police has confirmed.

The victim, 17, was surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay Beach when she was attacked, Sky News Australia reported.

The girl was unconscious and her leg badly mauled when taken from the water.

It's understood that the family were on an Easter holiday at the time of the attack.

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He survived the attack but lost his left arm and right hand.

There were two fatal attacks in Western Australia previous year and shark activity had been reported in the area recently.

The type of shark was not officially identified, but a medium-sized great white was reportedly seen in the area, according to the New York Daily News.

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

The same shark was also seen 300 metres away from the shore at Crazies Reef.

  • Adam Floyd