YuA 16-year-old girl died on Saturday after being attacked by a shark while swimming in a river in Western Australia, authorities said. The girl was seriously injured by a shark of an unknown species in the Swan River, in Fremantle, on the outskirts of Perth, according to a statement from the state government. Paul Robinson of Fremantle Police said she was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to revive her failed.
“It’s still very early, what we do know is that she was on the river with her friends,” he said at a news conference. They were on a jet ski. A group of dolphins was reportedly seen nearby, and the girl jumped into the water to swim with the dolphins.
The first fatal attack in more than sixty years
He added that the girl’s family, from Perth, were “deeply shocked by the news” of the “extremely painful incident”. Paul Robinson said that according to experts, it is not uncommon to find sharks in this part of the river. The state government urged citizens to exercise “extra caution” on the Swan River and respect the beach closures.Read also Corsica, the ultimate refuge for the endangered ‘angel shark’
The last fatal attack in a river in Australia dates back to 1960, when a bull shark estimated to be 3.3 meters long attacked a diver on Sydney’s Roseville Bridge, according to a database maintained by the Taronga Conservation Society. In February last year, a 35-year-old British diving instructor, Simon Nelist, was devoured off Sydney’s Little Bay beach, in the first such attack since 1963 in the country’s largest city.
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