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Surfer critical after losing leg in shark attack

A 29-YEAR-OLD man is in a critical condition in a Perth hospital after his leg was severed in a shark attack while surfing off a beach in Mandurah.

Witnesses said Ben Gerring, a fly-in fly-out heavy machinery operator, has lived and surfed in the area his whole life.

About 20 surfers had been sitting in the water at the surf spot known as Gearies, off the suburb of Falcon, when the shark struck just before 4.00pm on Tuesday.

Mr Gerring's friend, Mandurah Boardriders Club president Brian Williams said he had just paddled further out into the ocean to catch a bigger wave when "all hell broke loose".

"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," Mr Williams said.

Read more on the ABC.

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