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British grandmother killed by 16ft-long shark in Australia

Doreen Collyer was a lecturer at Edith Cowan University. Credit: Edith Cowan University

A "devoted and loving" British grandmother has been killed in a shark attack off the coast of Australia, according to reports.

Doreen Collyer, 60, was Scuba diving off the coast of Perth on Sunday morning when she was reportedly attacked.

According to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the university lecturer, originally from Chester, was killed by a 16ft (five-metre) great white shark.

Ms Collyer and her husband David emigrated to Australia around five years ago, ABC said.

Mr Collyer said in a statement:

Doreen was a beautiful person and everyone loved her. She was a devoted grandmother, mother and loving wife.

– David Collyer
Doreen was the second shark victim in the area within a week, Credit: Reuters

Ms Collyer, a nursing lecturer at Edith Cowan University (ECU), was reportedly a keen diver and held an advanced open water qualification.

Her diving partner managed to pull her from the water but she is understood to have died of her injuries at the scene.

Fishermen who came to help the pair said the shark was bigger than their 5.3-metre boat.

The university's acting vice chancellor Arshad Omari said:

She was a much loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher.

Having obtained an impressive record of senior clinical and lecturing experience in her native UK, upon migrating to Australia she made many valued contributions to ECU in the area of children and young people’s nursing.

On behalf of the entire ECU community, I extend my sincerest condolences to her family in what is a very difficult time.

– Arshad Omari, acting vice chancellor, Edith Cowan University

The beaches and water in the Mindarie area, where the attack took place, have been closed to the public.

An order has been issued by the Department of Fisheries in Australia to deploy capture gear to catch the shark.