Aiming for closer ties
A surfer whose leg was bitten off by a shark last week in waters off western Australia has died at a hospital from his injuries. The brother of 29-year-old Ben Gerring thanked the “heroes” who brought him to shore after the attack and the medical staff at Royal Perth Hospital, where he died. Rick Gerring said the hospital staff had given them three days with their loved one. “Obviously we were always hoping for the best outcome, it was always at the back of our minds that this could happen, but they gave us that time to say our goodbyes,” he told Australia’s ABC News. Ben Gerring was attacked on Tuesday afternoon while paddling his surfboard at Falcon Beach in his hometown of Mandurah, south of Perth. Fellow surfers paddled to him to bring him to shore, witnesses said. An inspection of his damaged surfboard showed a white shark was responsible. The Fisheries Department trapped and killed a large shark on Wednesday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry shoots a bow and arrow as he participates in a Naadam ceremony, a competition that traditionally includes horse racing, wrestling and archery, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, yesterday. Kerry is on a visit to the country to build closer ties.