A teenage girl has died after being bitten by a shark in Western Australia on April 17.
Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father just before 4 p.m. at Kelp Beds near Wylie Bay in Esperance when she was said to have been drug under water when her left leg was bitten off at the hip by a suspected great white shark.
According to 7 News Perth reports, the 17-year-old’s mother and two sisters saw the attack from the beach. Brouwer’s father and another teen were able to take Brouwer to the shore and used a surf board leash in an attempt to stem the bleeding. Her mother and an off-duty nurse performed CPR on the beach at Bandy Creek until emergency personal arrived around 20 minuted later. She was transported to the Esperance Hospital in critical condition.
She later died from the injury.
The Department of Fisheries has closed the beach and advised swimmers and divers avoid the water for the next 48 hours. While no drumlines will be installed, they will soon announce some type of shark deterrent measures.
In 2014, surfer Sean Pollard was bitten by a shark in the same area.
The 23-year-old surfer lost his right hand and he left forearm up to his elbow and sustained serious injuries to his legs.
There have been a total of 30 shark attack bites in 2017, 3 of which were fatal*; 14 were reported in the US, with 13 occurring in Florida. Seven occurred in Australia, one of which was fatal, and one with no injury.
This is the second shark attack bite reported for 2017 in Western Australia.
On February 26, a female snorkeler was bitten on the hand by a 5-foot (1.5m) bull shark. She was approximately 66 feet (20m) offshore of Point Maud when she was bitten.
*One fatal incident may be scavenge.