White shark killed after a surfer was attacked at a Falcon beach yesterday


Friends and supporters look out at sea, where a Department of Fisheries vessel has pulled up a white shark.
Friends and supporters look out at sea, where a Department of Fisheries vessel has pulled up a white shark.

A WHITE shark has been caught in the vicinity of Surf Break Lookout, Falcon, following a serious shark incident in the area yesterday .

Ben Gerring (29) was surfing with about 20 others before 4pm yesterday, when he was bitten by a shark. Paramedics performed CPR at the scene before Mr Gerring was taken away by ambulance.

He lost his leg and is being treated at Royal Perth Hospital. He remains in a critical condition.

Department of Fisheries’ officers deployed capture gear within the vicinity of the incident at first light this morning. They captured a white shark, between 3 and 4.5 metres in size after 3pm this afternoon.

Beaches in the area have been closed. Swimmers are being advised to stay out of the water.

An assessment of the operational requirements for managing the shark carcass is currently underway.

Friends and supporters gathered this afternoon at the beach where Mr Gerring was attacked. They looked out the horizon, where a Fisheries vessel had pulled the shark up.

Mandurah Boardriders president Brian Williams said the capture of the shark would put a lot of people’s minds at ease.

He said the dead shark fits the description and was captured at about the same time and about the same place where Mr Gerring was attacked.

“This will ease a lot of anxiety for people about going into the water,” Mr Williams said of the shark capture.

“I will be going back in.

“I was going to go back in today, but it is probably too soon.

“If I leave it too long I will never go in.”

Mr Williams said Great White sharks were an endangered species.

“If another endangered species did that, we would shoot it,” he said.

“They just shot a gorilla and we are debating whether or not to kill a shark.

“I am not a shark behaviouralist – but it does not make sense to let the shark go.”