Family watches as shark kills girl, 17

Surfer Sean Pollard was attacked at Wylie Bay- eight kilometers from Monday's attack- in 2014

Surfer Sean Pollard was attacked at Wylie Bay- eight kilometers from Monday's attack- in 2014

"The ocean was her and her family passion".

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

Her parents" Facebook page showed photos of "Teesh' - as she was affectionately known - and her sister surfing at a number of beaches with their father.

"He obviously tried everything he could to help his daughter but sadly he wasn't able to save her.he brought her to shore", he said.

St John Ambulance said paramedics arrived on the scene 19 minutes after they were called, but the teenager's injuries were severe.

In 2014, a 23-year-old man lost both hands after a shark attack in the same area.

"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".

A relative said her family would take solace from the fact that she was doing something she loved. Paul revealed that everyone on the scene did do everything possible though to save the girl's life, despite the severity of the attack.

He turned towards her as she was dragged underwater and carried her back to the shore with another surfer.

"When it's such a young person with their life ahead of them, it's just really tragic".

"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.

He asked for anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.

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

Mr Kelly dismissed any suggestion his department should deploy drum lines in the wake of Monday's tragedy.

"But we can't say for sure".

In the wake of a fatal shark attack, it has been revealed drum lines will not be used to catch unsafe sharks.

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

The shark has not yet been identified but the species is likely to be a great white, experts say.

"I've had quite an increase in interactions with white sharks of around about 200 per cent in the past three decades", he said.

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