WA shark attack victim dies in hospital

The girl was surfing with her father when she was attacked and was taken to Esperance Hospital in critical condition

The girl was surfing with her father when she was attacked and was taken to Esperance Hospital in critical condition

The 17-year-old girl, who has not been named, was unconscious when she was pulled from the water near Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia after the attack yesterday afternoon. Police later confirmed she had died from her injuries. The beach was closed and surfers warned to avoid the area. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

They were at the popular surf break known as Kelp Beds. The two beaches are less than 8km apart. This resulted in the man losing this left arm and right hand.

He later shared his story with 60 Minutes, recounting the attack in detail.

Police have not said what type of shark was responsible but are being helped in their investigation by the department of fisheries.


In June a year ago, Doreen Collyer, 60, died after being attacked by a large great white shark while diving one kilometre off the Perth coast.

A medium great white shark was seen 150 metres off shore on Tuesday in Two Mile Beach in Hopetoun.

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. It's believed the same shark was spotted twice.

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