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Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Gerring was attacked near Falcon in the south of Perth at around 4 pm on 31st May, 2016. All the swimmers and surfers have been prohibited to enter the sea after his attack.
Eye witnesses stated that Ben paddled far from the shore to catch a big wave and all of a sudden the great white decided to appear. His board was found to be broken in half and the fellow surfers recovered only the tail part of it.
The injured surfer had to be airlifted to the hospital in Perth because of his critical condition. Some of the men carried him out of the water with the help of long-boards, while he appeared to be unconscious. The beach was packed with visitors and some of them came with kids. Gerring’s leg was torn off from above the knee, which made several of his fellow surfers to end up in tears.
Brian Williams, a friend of Gerring and the president of the Mandurah Boardriders Club stated, “He was right out the back looking to get a big wave, one of the set waves that had been coming through during the day. He’d sort of paddled out the back, sort of past the pack slightly. And next thing all hell broke loose and they were trying to bring him in.”
Fellow surfer Paul Collier informed, “When it was a full, up-in-the-air type thing, I knew it was a pretty heavy shark attack. His leg was really badly ripped off. . . I’m not trying to dramatise it but it was fricken really bad.”
This is not the first time when Australia witnessed gruesome shark attack. In 2015 alone, 98 people were attacked by sharks all over Australian coasts.