A 16-year-old girl has died after a shark attack in Australia. The teenager was swimming in the Swan River in Perth in the west of the country when she was bitten by the predatory fish and seriously injured. She was pulled ashore and pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts failed, said Fremantle Borough police superintendent Paul Robinson.
The girl was in the North Fremantle area with riverside friends, Robinson said. The teenagers went jet skiing. “Apparently there was a pod of dolphins nearby and the young woman jumped into the water to swim near the dolphins,” he said.
The government called on the population to be particularly careful
It is still unclear which shark species it was. According to experts, it’s completely unusual for sharks to be in this part of the river, Robinson said. The government called on the population to be careful in the river itself and on nearby beaches. It was a “very traumatic incident” and the girl’s family, who was from Perth, was “completely shocked”.
Last fatal attack in a river in 1960
Most recently, in February 2022, a 35-year-old British diving instructor was killed by a shark off Sydney’s Little Bay Beach. The last fatal shark attack on an Australian river occurred in 1960, when a 10-foot bull shark attacked a diver off the Roseville Bridge in central Sydney, according to data from the Taronga Conservation Society.
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