A 16-year-old girl was killed by a shark. She was surfing with her friends when she was attacked in a river on Saturday, February 4th.
Real drama. A 16-year-old girl died on Saturday 4 February after being attacked by a shark in a river in Western Australia. The animal, of an unknown species, seriously injured the victim while swimming with her friends in the Swan River in Fremantle, on the outskirts of Perth, according to a statement from the state government.
She was pulled from the water by emergency services and pronounced dead immediately after resuscitation attempts failed. Paul Robinson of Fremantle Police said the circumstances of the attack were still unclear.
“They were on jet skis. A group of dolphins was seen in the vicinity and the girl jumped into the water to swim with them,” Paul Robinson continued. He also said that experts confirmed that it is not common to find sharks in this part of the river.
She added that the victim’s family was “completely devastated by the news” of this “extremely shocking incident”.
A dramatic event that has not happened in a century. The last fatal attack was at Swan River in January 1923 which took the life of a 13-year-old boy. A few years later, in 1960, Australia’s last fatal attack occurred in Sydney when a diver was attacked by a bull shark.