Thursday, 2 June 2016

Mandurah attack: Large white shark caught near beach where surfer Ben Gerring savaged

Shark attack at Falcon in Mandurah
A large white shark has been caught on drum lines set by authorities about 200 metres off Falcon beach near where a surfer was attacked on Tuesday afternoon.

Local surfer Ben Gerring is in Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition after his leg was severed above the knee while he was surfing at a spot known as Gearies.

Other surfers managed to get him to shore where paramedics treated him on the beach, before he was taken to hospital to undergo surgery.

Department of Fisheries confirmed a white shark, estimated to be 4.2 metres in size was caught on Wednesday about 3:00pm (AWST) near Surf Break Lookout in Falcon.
In a statement, the department said the shark "expired on the line, and the carcass was disposed of at sea, after measurements and samples were taken".
Ben Gerring's family has issued a statement, thanking everyone involved in the rescue effort and his care.
"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in Ben's rescue and his treatment," the statement said.
"The bravery and efforts of his rescuers and the care provided by the doctors and nurses has been amazing.
"We would also like to thank family and friends for their messages of love and support, they are greatly appreciated.Image result for Shark Caught After Attack on Australian Surfer