Australian teenager killed by shark

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Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Australian officials were hunting for a shark that killed a teenager in the nation’s second deadly attack in as many weeks.

Jay Muscat, 17, was spearfishing with a friend off Cheynes Beach, on the south coast of Western Australia state, when he was attacked.

The shark is believed to be a great white between 13 and 16ft long, said Carlo Vittiglia, spokesman for the state fisheries department.

There is a chance the animal was injured, he said, as there were reports that Jay’s friend managed to fire a spear at the shark during the attack.

Officials closed the beach and deployed equipment in an effort to catch the animal. If they do, it will be destroyed.

The attack comes two weeks after an 18-year-old man was killed by a shark while spearfishing on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s east coast.

Sharks are common off Australia’s beaches, but fatal attacks are rare.

The country has averaged fewer than two deadly attacks per year in recent decades.

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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