Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2017 11:29 AM CDT
Teen Surfer Killed by Shark in Australia
Sad news from Down Under.   (Getty Images/ap-images)

A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries from a shark attack in 2014. The girl was attacked around 4pm while her mom and sisters watched from the shore, PerthNow notes. Paramedics tried to help her on the beach, but she was soon taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and died of her injuries, per local cops. Although police haven't said what kind of shark may have killed the teen, PerthNow says a local shark-watch site flagged two sightings nearby of great white sharks (perhaps the same one) in the week before the attack. (An Oregon man started pummeling a shark in a panic when he was attacked.)

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