Teenage girl dies following shark attack in Western Australia today

Posted April 18, 2017

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

She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Esperance Hospital in a critical condition where she died from her injuries, WA Police has confirmed.

The 17-year-old was surfing with her father when the attack happened. The shark bit her on the leg around 4 p.m., Australia's 7 News reports.

Esperance Police offered condolences to the friends and family of the victim on Twitter.

Authorities have also since closed Wylie Bay until further notice and have advised people not to enter the water for the next 48 hours.

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Sharksmart, a website which tracks shark activity in Western Australia, reported two shark sightings for the area around Esperance in the days preceding the attack, according to The West Australian.

Surfer Sean Pollard, then 23, lost his arm and his other hand in a shark attack at the same beach in 2014.

Previous year there were four fatal shark attacks worldwide, two of which occurred in Western Australia, according to the university's records.

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