New Delhi: In a gruesome incident in Western Australia, a surfer lost his leg after a shark attacked him during his search for a big wave.
Ben Gerring, 29, a keen big wave surfer paddled out further into the sea and screamed for help before being dragged under the water.
Other surfers lurking around in the sea immediately swam out to the rescue and brought Gerring back to the shore, propped up on a board.
The 4.2m-long shark, meanwhile, was trapped in baited drum lines and killed by the Western Australia fisheries department, according to reports.
However, as per The Guardian reports, fisheries confirmed in a statement that the shark was caught on drum lines set following the attack and died on the line before fisheries staff arrived. The carcass was “disposed off at sea, after measurements and samples were taken.”
According to procedure, sharks that are suspected to be connected to an attack are taken in for autopsy to confirm their involvement in the same.
In this particular case, the shark's jaw samples were left out, since that could be examined against the bite marks on Gerring’s surfboard.
Ben Gerring is currently in a critical condition at the hospital where he was admitted after the life-threatening attack. His rescuers, meanwhile, have received a huge amount of praise and appreciation for going into the part of the sea where the shark had been spotted, to save Gerring.
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Courtesy: BBC World News