WA shark attack victim dies in hospital

A woman has been killed in a shark attack off Mindarie - just two days after Mandurah surfer Ben Gerring succumbed to injuries he sustained in a shark attack last week.

A diver whose body was found near Perth in Western Australia suffered "significant injuries consistent with a shark attack", police have said.

The man reportedly said he felt something go past him but he didn't feel the shark at that stage.

They also described the attacking shark as longer than their 5.3 meter (17.4 foot) boat.

It is the second deadly shark attack in the area in six days, after a 29-year-old surfer was fatally mauled by a shark outside Perth last week.

His brother Rick said he was engaged and that he and his partner were expecting their first child.

"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 Department of Fisheries said it a statement.

Earlier, Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) sent a tweet at 11:35am saying an unknown species of shark had been sighted 1 kilometre off Mindarie Beach, and there had been a "possible shark interaction".

Gerring's pregnant fiancé Jasmine Boyer and other tearful family members remained by his side at the Royal Perth Hospital until he sadly passed away on Friday night.

The shark severed his leg above the knee, but somehow Gerring managed to get back on his torn-up board after the attack.

Scientists who examined bite marks on his surfboard confirmed the shark involved was a great white. They reported seeing a shark nearby.

Beaches in Mindarie have now been closed.

According to procedure, sharks that are suspected to be connected to an attack are taken in for autopsy to confirm their involvement in the same.

Temporary drum lines are placed in the ocean yesterday.

  • Jo Lloyd