Shark kills 17-year-old surfer in southern Australia

The girl was surfing in the surfer resort of Kelp Beds, near the town of Esperance in Wylie Bay, with her dad when the shark launched its attack.

A 17-year-old girl died Monday after she was attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia.

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.

This is a developing story.

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

Authorities closed Wylie Bay Beach until further notice.

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She was in critical condition, but police later confirmed that the teenager had died of her injuries.

Her mother and two sisters watched helpless from the beach, according to reports, as the predator attacked.

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

Last year, two people were killed by sharks in Western Australia, The Australian newspaper said.

In May Ben Gerring, 29, died following an attack at Falcon Beach, near Mandurah, while a month later 60-year-old Doreen Collyer died after a great white attacked in Mindarie, just north of Perth.

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