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Teen Esperance Shark Attack Victim Named

The girl who died after she was attacked by a shark on Easter Monday has been identified as 17-year-old Laticia Brouwer.

Laticia – or ‘Teesh’, as she was known – had been surfing with her father at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay, in Esperance when, just before 4pm, the shark attacked, reported WAtoday.

It is understood the shark had mauled her leg and she lost a lot of blood when she was pulled from the water.


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

She died a short after arriving at Esperance Hospital in a critical condition.

Wylie Bay Beach has been closed until further notice.

Water Police have urged people to avoid the water in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 48 hours.


The Department of Fisheries said it would monitor the beach but has not issued any order to deploy drum lines.

Kelp Beds, also known as "Kelpies", is a popular surf break in a remote area also used for camping and four-wheel driving.

Sean Pollard lost both hands in a shark attack at the same beach in 2014.

She is WA's third fatal shark victim in a year.

Last June surfer Ben Gerring died at Mandurah and diver Doreen Collyer was killed while diving at Mindarie Marina.


June 5, 2016: Doreen Collyer, 60, died while diving a kilometre out from Mindarie Marina between One and Three Mile reefs

June 4, 2016: Ben Gerring, 29, was killed after having his leg severed by a great white shark at Falcon Beach, in Mandurah.

December 29, 2014: Jay Muscat, 17, is killed by a great white while spearfishing at Cheynes Beach near Albany, WA.

October 2, 2014: Sean Pollard, 23, loses both hands after a shark attack at Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance, WA.

WAtoday, AAP

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