Sunday 25 September 2016

Woman (60) killed by shark at popular diving spot

Thomas Gray

Published 06/06/2016 | 02:30

The man was able to get back into his own boat and pull the woman from the water, but her wounds proved fatal
The man was able to get back into his own boat and pull the woman from the water, but her wounds proved fatal

A diver was killed by a large shark off the west Australian coast yesterday in the country's second fatal attack in less than a week, police said.

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The 60-year-old woman was diving with a man at a popular dive spot in the northern Perth suburb of Mindarie when the shark attacked, Western Australia State Police Inspector Danny Mulligan said.

"The man said that he felt something go past him and he turned around," Mr Mulligan told reporters. "He didn't see the shark at that stage, but he felt it better to surface."

When the man reached the surface, he noticed commotion in the water, Mr Mulligan said.

Another boat arrived and the fishermen on board pulled him out of the water. They then spotted the woman and saw that she had suffered severe injuries.

The man was able to get back into his own boat and pull the woman from the water, but her wounds proved fatal, Mr Mulligan added.

The fishermen said the shark was larger than their 5.3-metre (17-foot) boat.

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