Surfer Dies After Shark Attack in Western Australia

Jason Lock

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Updated 559d ago

A surfer who was attacked by a shark off the west coast of Australia last week has died in hospital.

Ben Gerring, 29, lost his right leg as a result of the attack when surfing at Falcon in Mandurah, south of Perth, last Tuesday but tragically died on Friday evening as it was revealed he was to become a father.

The news comes as Doreen Collyer, 60, was also killed by a shark while diving near Perth. The two shark fatalities are the first in west Aus since December 2014 and a hunt is on to find the shark responsible for the latest death.

Paying tribute, Ben's brother Rick told reporters: ''Ben loved the ocean, but his great love is and always will be [his fiancee] Jasmine.''

Ben with girlfriend Jasmine.

Ben with girlfriend Jasmine.

An inspection of Ben's damaged surfboard revealed a white shark had been responsible for the attack. In response, the Fisheries Department trapped and killed a large shark about 200 metres off the coast of Falcon on Wednesday afternoon but it's not known if it was the same shark that attacked Ben. The shark died while on a drum line.

A spokesman from Royal Perth Hospital said Ben's condition was critical and he was fighting for his life before he died.