Shark attack claims teen’s life

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In Western Australia, a 17-year-old’s mother and sisters watched helplessly from the beach as she was mauled by a shark while surfing with her father. The teen has died from her injuries.

The attack occurred Monday at Kelp Beds, a popular surfer break near the town of Esperance, off the south coast of Western Australia. During the attack, the teen’s leg was severely mauled, and she had lost a great deal of blood upon being pulled from the water.

She was treated on the beach before being taken to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Police confirmed her passing in a tweet, expressing their condolences and describing the incident as “devastating.”

“Condolences to the family and friends of the victim involved in today’s tragedy from everyone @EsperancePol. Devastating circumstances. #Fb”

— Esperance Police (@EsperancePol) April 17, 2017

Wylie Bay Beach has been closed until further notice, and police are advising people to stay out of the area for at least 48 hours.

On Tuesday, the Department of Fisheries will start patrolling the water and beach in the Wylie Bay area near Esperance. They will also begin an investigation into the attack.

A medium-sized great white shark has been spotted in the area twice over the past week, according to the government website Shark Smart WA.

In 2014, a 23-year-old man lost both hands to a shark attack in the same area. In 2013, another man was injured seriously by a suspected great white while diving in the waters of Esperance.

Australia averages fewer than two fatal shark attacks per year, although sharks are very common in the country’s waters.

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