Australia : shark attack and kills teenage girl in Swan River

A 16-year-old teenage girl has died after being attacked by a shark while swim­ming in a riv­er in West­ern Australia.

She was pro­nounced dead on Sat­ur­day after being pulled from the Swan Riv­er in the Perth sub­urb of Fremantle.

The girl from Perth is believed to have been speed­ing down the riv­er with her friends on a jet ski when the inci­dent happened.

Chief Super­in­ten­dent Paul Robin­son of the West­ern Aus­tralian Police said she may have jumped into the sea to swim with dol­phins she saw nearby.

He described the inci­dent as “very, very trau­mat­ic” and said the girl’s fam­i­ly was “absolute­ly dev­as­tat­ed by the news”.

Peo­ple are being called to respect the clo­sure of the coast and take “spe­cial precautions”.

Accord­ing to Robin­son, fish­ing experts say it’s unusu­al to see sharks in that part of the river.

It is believed to be the first shark fatal­i­ty on the Swan Riv­er since Jan­u­ary 1923, when a 13-year-old boy died.

Aus­tralia nor­mal­ly records about 20 shark attacks each year, most­ly in New South Wales and West­ern Australia.

There will be two shark deaths in 2021 and sev­en in 2020.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, shark bite deaths are rare. More than a cen­tu­ry of records show that shark mor­tal­i­ty in Aus­tralia is 0.9, less than one per­son per year.

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