A 16-year-old girl dies in a shark attack when her boyfriend tried to save her after a rope was swung into a river in Australia
A teenage girl has died after being mauled by a shark while swimming in a river in Australia.
The 16-year-old is said to have been bitten in the leg after a rope swung into the Swan River in North Fremantle.
Her boyfriend was desperately trying to save her as he pulled her onto shore after the brutal attack.
The animal that attacked them is believed to be a bull shark – a breed often found in rivers in Australia.
But there is no official confirmation of the kind.
The teenager had reportedly been swinging rope with friends from a nearby bridge.
And after she dived into the water, the beast attacked and dragged her under the surface.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene around 3:30 p.m. local time.
It is reported that there was initial confusion when police injured her so badly that she was hit by a boat propeller.
They tried to save the girl – but she was pronounced dead on the beach.
“The girl jumped off the rope swing and then she was pulled down by a bull shark and then her boyfriend tried to help her get out,” one boy told The West Australian.
“And she died on the beach.”
It comes after father-of-two Cameron Wrathall was attacked by a bull shark in the area two years ago.
He was bitten on the thigh in the first such attack at Swan River since 1986.
A local said he noticed bull sharks approaching the river banks.
He said: “It’s quite confronting. I always wear shark guards now.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7306698/shark-attack-australia-teenage-girl/ A 16-year-old girl dies in a shark attack when her boyfriend tried to save her after a rope was swung into a river in Australia