Doreen Collyer: Perth shark demise woman had emigrated from UK – BBC News

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Image caption Doreen Collyer was described by her husband as as “beautiful person” and “loving wife”

A grandmother who died in a shark attack off the Australian coast had emigrated from the UK five years ago, it has emerged.

Former University of Chester lecturer Doreen Collyer, 60, was in Perth when she was attacked on Sunday.

It is thought she was killed by a 16 ft( 5m) great white shark, ABC( Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has reported.

Her husband David Collyer said she was a “beautiful person” and “loving wife”.

The couple moved to Australia from Neston, Cheshire about five years ago.

Mrs Collyer held an advanced open water qualification.

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Image caption It is unclear what species of shark is a matter of the two attacks

ABC reported her diving partner managed to pull her from the water but she died from her traumata at the scene.

Prof Annette McIntosh-Scott, from the University of Chester, told Mrs Collyer was a “hugely valued and loved member of staff” and had worked at the Faculty of Health and Social Care for 15 years.

“She will be remembered as someone with a real commitment and passion for teaching and child healthcare – her students were at the heart of all she did, ” she said.

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Image caption The beaches and water in the Mindarie area, where the two attacks took place, were closed to the public

Arshad Omari, the acting vice chancellor of Perth’s Edith Cowan University( ECU ), where Ms Collyer worked as a nursing lecturer described her as “a much-loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher”.

Dozens of Ms Collyer’s colleagues, students and friends paid tribute to her on social media.

Kelly Mills wrote on Facebook “RIP Doreen, you were an amazing lecturer, thank you for sharing your vast knowledge”, while Nikki Vickers told: “Condolences and deepest sympathy to all family, friends and colleagues from ECU Nursing and Midwifery.”

The beaches and water in the Mindarie area, where the two attacks took place, have been closed to the public and an order has been issued by the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear to catch the shark.

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Image caption Surfer Ben Gerring, 29, died after being attacked by a shark south of Perth last week

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