A 16-year-old girl has been killed in an ‘extremely traumatic’ shark attack after she jumped into the water to swim with dolphins.
The teenager had been jet skiing with friends before the tragic incident in the Swan River in North Fremantle, WA, where she sustained injuries to her leg.
WA Police Acting Fremantle District Inspector Paul Robinson told reporters a shark attack at this part of the river was “unusual”.
“What we’re being advised is she was with friends on the river, they were on jet skis and possibly a pod of dolphins were seen nearby and the young female jumped in to swim nearby the dolphins,” Robinson said.
“It’s an extremely traumatic event for everyone involved and everyone who knew the young girl, so I won’t be going into the extent of the injuries.
“It is unusual for a shark to be that far down the river, at this point in time an alert has been put out, a shark warning just to let people know this incident has taken place.”
The teen’s death is believed to be the first fatal shark attack in the Swam River in 100 years, after a 13-year-old boy was killed in January 1923.
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