Teen third WA shark fatality in a year

Violet Tucker
April 19, 2017

"Surfing was something that she treasured doing with her dad and sisters".

"Laeticia will be greatly missed by her family, friends and everyone who knew her", he said.

A teenage girl who died after being attacked by a shark was surfing with her dad who did "everything he could" to save her.

Police said: "The father obviously tried everything he could to help his daughter but sadly he wasn't able to save her".

He said Laeticia's father did everything he could to save his daughter's life.

Esperance Police, St John Ambulance, Esperance Marine Rescue and the State Emergency Service rushed to the scene where they treated Laeticia on the beach.

It is just east of Wylie Bay, where Sean Pollard was attacked by two great white sharks in October 2014.

"It would be great if we were in position where we could actually prevent further incidences rather than debating what you should do after an attack".

Laeticia Brouwer's family said the ocean was her passion.

"It was quite a critical incident long before I arrived".

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Her father battled to save her and brought her back to the beach but she had suffered catastrophic injuries.

"The policy makers should be pragmatic, responsive and open-minded and to shut down one policy before even having a discussion is just stupid", he said.

Her mother and two sisters were reportedly watching on from the beach as she was attacked by the shark.

"That's still in the process of being completed, but we hope to have that full review and a new policy announced in the coming weeks", Mr Kelly said.

But Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said drum lines should have been used.

"Researchers have had a look at the photo of the surfboard and on that basis alone they can't tell what sort of shark it is", he said.

"But we can't say for sure".

Many shark attacks have been taken place at this particular point.

Kelly suggested that subsidising shark-deterrent devices for swimmers and surfers was a more effective option than a cull.

Crucially, he made plain the Government would end the previous government's serious-threat policy, which allowed big sharks to be caught and killed if they were considered a risk to the public.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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