March 2, 2024

A 16-year-old girl has been killed after what is believed to be a shark attack in the Swan River south of Perth which alerted authorities near the Fremantle Traffic Bridge in North Fremantle.

Ambulances were sent to the scene and people were warned to stay out of the river.”The investigation is still ongoing, it is still very early stages, however all indications by witness accounts is that it appears to be a shark related incident,” Acting Inspector Paul Robinson said.”I’ve spoken to fisheries and water police and unfortunately we have no idea what type of shark it is.”

Police were told the girl had been riding jet skis with friends when she jumped in the water to swim near dolphins.

“The family weren’t there when this took place,” Acting Inspector Robinson added.”However her friends were and as you can imagine this is an extremely traumatic incident for anyone to witness so obviously, we’re offering counselling services to anyone who did witness it or is affected by the incident.”I’m not going to go into the details of the injuries, it’s an extremely traumatic event for everyone involved and anyone who knew the young girl.”This is a very traumatic incident and the family are absolutely devastated by the news.”

According to him , the Department of Fisheries had indicated it was unusual for a shark to be so far down the river.

A local resident said she heard children screaming and went out to see what was happening.The woman, under anonymity , said a man had dived into the water for rescue.

She said the girl’s injury was “like nothing I’ve seen before”. Another local resident known to be Nathan Vasta said he was “shaken up” after the incident.”I swim here sometimes just off the bridge. It’s kind of haunting knowing that it could’ve been me,” he said.”I heard someone’s leg got bitten, I didn’t really hear what her injuries were. I heard someone saying that it was a very deep cut.”It’s pretty scary because I like being in the water and the river is quite local to me.”

This comes years after Perth man Cameron Wrathall was severely injured by a bull shark while swimming in the Swan River in Bicton in January 2021.

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