Shark caught, dies after surfer attack in Australia

He also reported having seen a shark in the area.

It explains the spate of shark attacks in the country the past few days with two female victims within less than one week.

The attack on the woman off the northern Perth suburb of Mindarie comes two days after a surfer had his leg bitten off by a shark and died on the same coast.

Ben Gerring was attacked about 4pm and had his right leg severed above the knee.

Wanneroo closed the beach which would remain that way until Monday.

Police said Ms Collyer's 43-year-old diving partner pulled her from the water but she had died before they made it to shore.

Local authorities have closed the beach either side of the Mindarie boat ramp and have advised visitors to steer clear of the waters.

She had been diving for crayfish with a male dive partner at the time of the attack.

Ben Gerring, 29, died on Friday night at Royal Perth Hospital after being mauled by a shark at Gearies break in Falcon, south of Perth, on Tuesday, leaving behind his pregnant fiancee.

"Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark greater than three metres in size is responsible", the state's fisheries department said.

"I don't think there's any doubt that the number of shark attacks and fatalities from shark attack has increased quite significantly over recent years", he told reporters in Perth.

Whitfords Sea Rescue Commander Ron Harris said he could not recall a fatal shark attack in the area.

Mrs Collyer had always been a keen swimmer but fell in love with diving in Australia, earning an advanced open water diver's certificate.

An inspection of his damaged surfboard showed a white shark was responsible.

An official Government website said "Conditions on the water for deployment and monitoring of shark capture gear off Mindarie became unsafe after 3.30pm today". If existing safety measures aren't being used in the first place, then the shark's death is even more senseless.

  • Jo Lloyd