Surfer mauled to death by shark as mum, sister watched on

A TEENAGE surfer has died after she was mauled by a shark in Western Australia's south.

The girl's mother and two sisters reportedly watched in horror from the beach as the 17-year-old was grabbed by the shark at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay, in Esperance just before 4pm.

Paramedics rush the girl to hospital.
Paramedics rush the girl to hospital. Twitter

WA police confirmed on Monday night that the girl later died. Police, ambulance and Esperance Marine Rescue treated the girl on the beach before she was taken to Esperance Hospital in a critical condition.

The girl, from Mandurah, was surfing with her father when she was attacked. It's understood her leg was badly mauled in the attack and she had lost a lot of blood when pulled from the water, Seven News reported.

The family was reportedly on an Easter holiday.

Surfer Sean Pollard was mauled by a shark at Wylie Bay near Esperance in 2014. The two beaches are less than 8km apart. He lost his right hand and his left arm above the elbow.

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

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

Fishermen who arrived at the scene to render assistance said they spotted the shark and claimed it was larger than their 5.3m boat.

One month earlier, Ben Gerring, 29, died after having his leg severed by a great white shark at Falcon Beach.

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

One medium-sized shark was spotted 150m off shore at Esperance and another was spotted 300m off Crazies Reef. It's believed the same shark was spotted twice.

News Corp Australia


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