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A 16-year-old girl was killed today (Saturday) due to what was suspected to be a shark attack in the Swan River south of Perth in Australia.
Medical teams that arrived at the scene had to pronounce her dead, while the local police began investigating the case and warned people to stay away from the river.
The police were told that the girl was riding a jet ski with her friends, and jumped into the water to swim alongside the dolphins there.
The local resident who witnessed the attack said that she heard children screaming and went out to see what was happening.
According to her, she recognized a man who dived into the water to help the girl.
She also said that the injuries "were unlike anything I had seen before."
"I'm not going to go into the details of the injuries, it's an extremely traumatic event for everyone involved and everyone who knew the young girl," local inspector Paul Robinson told the media.
"The family is completely devastated by the news," he added.
According to him, the local authorities are offering counseling to anyone who witnessed or was affected by the incident.
"Yet her friends were there,
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"I swim here sometimes right next to the bridge. It's quite disturbing to know that it could have been me."
Swan River, Australia (Photo: GettyImages)
The local fisheries office noted that this is an unusual case for a shark to reach an area so far down the river.
Natan Vasta, a local resident, said that the incident "shocked" him.
"I swim here sometimes right next to the bridge. It's pretty disturbing to know it could have been me," he said.
The incident comes two years after another Perth resident, Cameron Werthall, was seriously injured by a shark while swimming in the Swan River in Bicton in January 2021. Werthall was on his morning swim with a friend when he was bitten.
Shark attacks in the Swan River are rare, with the incident involving Werthall believed to be the first since the 1960s.
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