Teenage girl killed in shark attack in Perth’s Swan River

A 16-year-old girl has been killed by a shark in Perth’s Swan River.

WA Police Acting Fremantle District Inspector Paul Robinson said authorities believed the teen was jet skiing on the river with friends around 3pm when she jumped into the water to swim with a pod of dolphins near the Fremantle traffic bridge.

The teenager was jet skiing in Fremantle when the attack occurred.

Her friends witnessed the attack.

Robinson said the Perth teenager died at the scene, despite efforts to revive her.

“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,” he said.

“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 tragedy is the first fatal shark attack in the Swan River in more than a century.

The species is yet to be confirmed.

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