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Shark kills 17-year-old surfer in southern Australia

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A family's Easter holiday turned tragic Monday afternoon when a 17-year-old girl surfing with her father in Western Australia was fatally injured in a shark attack witnessed by family members.

Monday's attack happened at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay in Esperance just before 4pm, police said. The teen, whose identity was not released, was taken to Esperance Hospital, where she died from her injuries. It's a little bit early.

It's understood the teenagers leg was badly mauled and she had also lost a considerable amount of blood when pulled from the water, Seven News reported.

The girl, whose identity has not been made public, was with her parents and two sisters in the popular surfing area of Wylie Bay, near the town of Esperance. Authorities have not said what kind of shark may be responsible. The beach was closed and surfers warned to avoid the area. The two beaches are less than 8km apart.

Sean Pollard lost both hands in a shark attack at the same beach in 2014.

She is the only person to be killed by a shark in the state this year.

Although sharks are common in Australian waters, the country has averaged fewer than two fatal attacks per year in recent decades.

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