A British swimmer Simon Nellist, who was selflessly training for a charity swim has become the first person killed by a shark in Australia in 60 years.
On Wednesday, Simon Nellist was attacked underwater by the four-metre-long shark at Buchan Point, near Little Bay in Sydney’s east, while training for a charity ocean swim. The annual Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, scheduled to take place this Sunday, has been cancelled following the shark attack. The event provides funds for swimming lessons for disabled children.
In the first fatal attack in nearly 60 years, the shark killed the Simon Nellist barely 150 meters from the shore at Buchan Point, near Little Bay in Sydney. Simon is regarded to be an accomplished ocean swimmer and diver. He grew up in the United Kingdom, where his family lives. He was engaged to an Australian woman. He worked as a dive instructor, according to the report.
Witnesses said they saw the predator’ attack vertically’ and land ‘like a vehicle’ on Simon before carrying his body out to sea, where his body was discovered an hour later.
‘We heard a yell and turned around, and it looked like a car had landed in the water, a big splash then the shark was chomping at the body, and there was blood everywhere,’ fisherman Kris Linto told the authorities.
Simon was believed to be on the verge of marrying his girlfriend Jenny Ho when the attack happened. His friends have expressed their sorrow over his unexpected demise, with Della Ross telling Seven News: ‘The news hit us like a truck because he was one of those people who make this earth lighter.’
After the fatal attack, local authorities are trying to trace the shark. They want to chase it away from the mainland if drum lines flag it rather than killing it.
Before his death, Simon had expressed his concern with the safety measures by writing on Facebook: ‘Shark net and drum lines protect no one and kill all kinds of marine life each year.’
According to reports, Lawrence Chlebeck, a spokesperson for the animal rights advocacy group Humane Society International, believes the shark mistook Simon for a seal due to his wetsuit. They usually bite something to figure out what it is.’ They flee once they realise it’s a person rather than a usual prey item. ‘The vast majority of shark bites are a one and done. This is a unique and, sadly, heartbreaking situation.”
Yesterday Sydney Shark attack fatality has been identified as 35 year old scuba diver instructor Simon Nellist
He swam daily in the ocean . pic.twitter.com/GewWvHa3ob
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