A woman whose body was found near Perth in Western Australia had suffered “significant injuries consistent with a shark attack”, police have said.It is believed the 60-year-old had been diving northwest of Mindarie, a northern suburb of the city, on Sunday morning local time.
Police Inspector Danny Mulligan said her diving partner, believed to be aged in his 50s, felt “something go past him” when he was in the water. “When he surfaced he saw a commotion in the water and then another boat (a fishing boat) arrived to pull him out of the water, and then it was noticed that the lady had suffered some severe and fatal injuries,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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 said. Three fishermen, who also tried to help the woman, described the shark as being longer than their 5.3m boat.