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YO Surfer Dies After Being Attacked By Shark Off WA Coast

YO Surfer Dies After Being Attacked By Shark Off WA Coast

- A 17-year-old surfer has been killed by a shark off Australia's south coast.

The 17-year-old is believed to have been unconscious when she was pulled from the water, after the attack occurred at Kelp Beds - approximately three kilometres east of Wylie Bay.

The teenager was treated on the beach by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a critical condition. The beach was closed and surfers warned to avoid the area. But she died from her massive injuries.

Images circulated on social media showed ambulance crews next to the beach frantically attempting to stem the bleeding before she was taken to hospital.

"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", the Department of Fisheries said in a statement.

Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was from Mandurah, which is near Perth, and she was on vacation with her family.

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

There have been two sightings of a medium-sized great white shark near Esperance in the last week according to the Shark Smart website.

Australia has an average of less than two deadly shark attacks per year.


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