YO Surfer Dies After Being Attacked By Shark Off WA Coast

Laeticia Brouwer was killed while surfing near Esperance on Monday

The beach was closed and surfers warned to avoid the area.

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

The Department of Fisheries have confirmed they are assisting police following the incident. The attack happened just before 4pm local time. The 17-year-old, whose identity has yet to be revealed, was in the water with her father at the time. Kelp Beds, known as "Kelpies", is a popular surf break also used for camping and four-wheel driving, according to Caitlyn Rintoul of the Esperance Express.

After the shark severely mauled the teenager's left leg, she was brought to shore where she was reportedly unconscious.




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

He later shared his story with 60 Minutes, recounting the attack in detail. Police have not said what type of shark was responsible. The website Shark Smart WA has listed two sightings of a great white in the Esperance area over the last week.

The Evening Standard reported that shark attacks have gone down in Australia to fewer than two attacks occurring per year. It's believed the same shark was spotted twice.

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