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British granny killed in shark attack in Australia while diving with boyfriend


A British granny has been killed in a shark attack in Australia.

Doreen Collyer, originally from Chester, was killed at a popular spot called Mindarie, about 21 miles north of Perth.

It was the second fatal shark attack in the area in less than a week – after a surfer who had his leg bitten off died on Friday.

Diver Doreen, 60, was a lecturer at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

ABC News reported she was director of postgraduate studies and a lecturer at the university’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She moved to Australia from Chester around five years ago.

Ms Collyer was diving underwater with her 43-year-old dive partner yesterday when the beast struck.

Cops said he tried to pull her from the water, but she died before they could make it to the shore.

He reportedly “felt something go past him” in the water seconds before the attack.

Western Australia Police Inspector Danny Mulligan said: “He didn’t see the shark at that stage, but he felt it better to surface.”

“When he surfaced he saw a commotion in the water and then another boat arrived to pull him out of the water, and then it was noticed that the lady had suffered some severe and fatal injuries.”

The three fisherman who were in the boat reported seeing a large shark while trying to help the pair.

They added: “The other boat that was in the water was five and a half metres (18ft) long, and they say that the shark was longer than their boat.”

The cause of death remains unconfirmed, but the woman’s injuries were consistent with a shark attack.

Meanwhile the public have been warned to ‘Stay out of the water’ until further notice.

The Australian government website SharkSmart announced in the early hours of this morning: “There has been a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists”.

Beaches have been closed and authorities are deploying shark capture gear.

It is not known for definite if the same shark is responsible for both deaths – but anyone who spots a shark is being urged to call the police.

An order has been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy to fish for the shark from early this morning.

So far all that is known is that it is likely to be a ‘large white shark’, at least 3m or 10ft in size – although a group of fishermen who saw it claim it was bigger than their 18ft-long boat.

The Jaws film featured a ‘great white shark’ which was around 25ft-long.

As a precaution, the The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches. They will remain closed for at least the rest of the day and possibly beyond.

A statement on SharkSmart said: “Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark, greater than three metres (nearly 10 feet) in size is responsible,”

On Friday surfer Ben Gerring, 29, died in hospital after losing his leg below the knee in a shark attack off Falcon Beach in Mandurah, south of Perth three days beforehand. He had been set to become a father for the first time.

Last year only two people died from 33 recorded attacks across Australia, according to the Taronga Conservation Society’s Australia Shark Attack File.

This year so far there have been 11 reported attacks.
Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/british-gran-killed-shark-attack-8122544#GBfADOoFWRAJqHru.99


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