The girl was pulled from the water with critical injuries and died at the scene, police said in a statement.
Sydney: A 16-year-old girl died on Saturday after being bitten by a shark in a river in the state capital of Western Australia, Perth. Police said the attack took place at 3:45 p.m. The incident happened near a traffic bridge over the Swan River in Perth's Fremantle port area on Saturday. The girl was pulled from the water with critical injuries and died at the scene, police said in a statement. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday that the teenager had jumped off a jet ski to swim with a pod of dolphins in the river when the shark attacked. It is not known for sure what kind of shark attacked the girl, ABC said.
The last fatal shark attack in Western Australian waters occurred in November 2021. A 57-year-old man was killed by a great white shark at Perth's Port Beach. In January 2021, a man was seriously injured by a bull shark while swimming in the Swan River. More than 100 species of sharks inhabit the waters of Western Australia. Sharks are often found many kilometers away.
The risk of shark attacks in the state is low. According to the state government, which has established a dedicated shark response unit to work with first responders to shark incidents. Several Sydney beaches, including the iconic Bondi and Bronte on the east coast, were closed last February after a swimmer died in a shark attack, the first such fatality at the city's beaches in nearly 60 years.