Video filmed near Sydney, Australia shows the horrifying moment a swimmer was viciously attacked by a shark as horrified beachgoers watched helplessly.
The footage shows a shark, identified as a “big great white” by one of the men in the video, thrashing about in the water as a pool of blood appears.
“Someone just got eaten by a shark!” yelled a man.
“Footage clearly shows a body, half a body, being taken by a shark,” said a police officer who responded to the scene, adding that crews “found some remains.”
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Sydney shark attack pic.twitter.com/KnfQJl7Gy9
— Shtibby (@NinjaPenguinPDZ) February 17, 2022
Local media indicates that this is the first fatal shark attack in nearly 60 years, and identified the man as 35-year-old Simon Nellist, a British expat and diving instructor. He died from “catastrophic” injuries sustained during the attack, and by the time emergency responders arrived on the scene there was nothing they could do.
According to ABC.net.au, Nellist swam in the area every day.
“Undeniably this has shaken the community to the core. And people all across the area will be looking the water little bit differently,” said Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker. “There is always risk in open water, but the main message which we have for our community is that shark attacks, even though this is tragic, are exceptionally rare.”
Indeed, this is reportedly the first fatal shark attack to take place since 1963 in Sugarloaf Bay.
In response to the attack, all area beaches will be closed Thursday, but re-open for public use on Friday.
As the video went viral on social media, people were quick to respond:
Mostly to avoid the snakes and everything else that trying to kill us on the land.
— Shane John Albon (@ShaneAAKE) February 17, 2022
Great whites are protected species, they aren’t in a hunt to kill. This shark is particularly nasty to circle back like he did so they are trying to get eyes on it to tag it. Most sharks bite us once and spit us out.We are bad meat to them. Small comfort to this guys family. RIP
— Carlie (@Carliegeeaustin) February 17, 2022
very distressing 😢😢
— ruthboo51831650 (@ruthboo51831650) February 17, 2022
WoW. God bless his family & friends
— Lo Eskabar (@EskabarLo) February 17, 2022
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