First pictures released of teen surfer killed in horror shark attack

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Laeticia, from Singleton, near Perth, was surfing in Wylie Bay, Western Australia.

Police said Laeticia's father "tried everything he could to save his daughter" while his wife and two other children watched in horror from the shore.

We can't even imagine what the Brouwer family is going through right now.

The fresh political row erupted after 17-year-old Mandurah girl Laeticia Brouwer was killed in an attack near Esperance on Monday. "We heard screams before the shark pulled her under the water", eye-witnesses stated.

The federal government would consider any strategies that would prevent further shark attacks off Australia's coast, following the death of teenager surfer Laeticia Brouwer.

A family spokesman, on Tuesday morning, was emotional as he read a statement from the family to media in Esperance.

"We are terribly heartbroken and saddened by this tragic accident", said uncle Steve Evans.

The family of a seventeen-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark while surfing alongside her father in Australia say they took comfort knowing that she "died doing something that she loved".

"The ocean was her and her family's passion and surfing was something she treasured doing".

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

A police spokesman confirmed yesterday the teen had been with her dad at the time of the attack.

"She seemed like quite a competent surfer".

St John Ambulance said paramedics arrived on the scene 19 minutes after they were called, however, Laeticia's injuries were unrepairable. And while the desperate dad was able to bring his daughter out of the water, she had already lost too much blood.

Officials say the beach would be closed for the next 48 hours while the Department of Fisheries carries out beach and water patrols.

However, the state government said it would not deploy drum lines following Ms Brouwer's death.

The site where the girl was attacked is also where surfer Sean Pollard was attacked by two great white sharks in October 2014.

"Again, the principle is to put a priority on human life over sharks, and to avoid the risk of a shark that has attacked a person from doing so again at the same beach or at an adjacent area".

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

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