Urgent alert as police warn of a possible shark attack in Western Australia

  • Police were called to reports of a possible shark attack at popular surfing beach
  • Attack reportedly happened about 10.50am on Friday morning near Esperance  
  • St John Ambulance said they were on standby at the scene of the possible attack
  • The beach at Kelp Beds was site of fatal shark mauling of a 17-year-old girl in 2017

An urgent alert has been issued after police were called to reports of a possible  shark attack at a popular Western Australian surfing beach. 

St John Ambulance said they were on standby at the scene of the possible attack at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance about 10.50am on Friday morning. 

An investigation has been launched into the reported shark bite by the state’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

An urgent alert has been issued after police were called to reports of a possible shark attack at a popular Western Australian surfing beach  (stock image)

An urgent alert has been issued after police were called to reports of a possible shark attack at a popular Western Australian surfing beach  (stock image)

In 2017, 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer was mauled to death at the same beach by a great white shark.

Laeticia died after her left leg was ripped off at the hip by the shark as she surfed off the coast with her father. 

Her parents at the time called for the beach to be made safer, saying they wanted people to be able to use beaches with ‘minimal risk and fear’.

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