The Australian Shark Attack Victim Was An Engaged Diving Instructor
Simon Nellist, a British expatriate of 35 years, was killed in an attack by an Australian shark. It is a tragic and horrifying case. Nellist was preparing for a charity swimming event when the shark attacked from below. He was found dead a short time later. Unfortunately, Nellist was a married father to a young son and lived in Sydney with his partner.
Lifeguards and jet skis have been scouring the area for signs of the shark. But the closure hasn’t stopped people from jumping in the water. To monitor whether sharks remain in the area, the Department of Primary Industries has set up smart drumlines near the scene of the attack. Meanwhile, police are working with the DPI to investigate the circumstances of the attack.
Six-foot-five former Royal Air Force soldier Simon Nellist was a keen diver who also swam regularly. He had plans to marry last year, but his wedding was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nellist’s family resides in the UK, while her boyfriend resides in Sydney. He had spent much of his time in the water, and had recently started training for a three-meter-long swim in the Malabar ocean.
The Australian shark attack victim was an engaged diving instructor, and the attack was an unusual one. In November, a great white shark attacked him at Perth. Multiple witnesses witnessed the horrible event and the police closed down the beach. The number of shark attacks in Australia has been increasing. In the last six years, the number of shark attacks in Australia has increased by almost doubled, from eight in the 1970s to 161 in 2010 to 220 in 2020. In 2021, there will be three reported fatal shark attacks in Australia.
The shark’s attack on the victim was the first since 1963 when Marcia Hathaway (an actress from the area) was attacked by a great-white shark in Sydney Harbour. Her death has stunned the country, and the incident has sent dozens of beachgoers and fishermen on edge of their seats. Later, the swimmer’s body was found on the shores in Sydney. Her wetsuit was found in parts.
The Sydney city government has been working to increase the safety of Sydney’s beaches after a shark attack last week. A shark attack is rare and the first in Australia in 60 years is a devastating event for the family. According to the Department of Primary Industries the shark was a great-white shark and measured at least three meters in length. The victim was submerged for several seconds.
The attack occurred in Sydney waters, which are known to be crowded with swimmers. Long nets have been installed in the area to prevent attacks from happening in the city, but an incident like this one remains tragic. The victim, a 23 year-old surfer who fell for Australia six years prior, was an avid wildlife lover and a keen diver instructor. His girlfriend, who was diving nearby, was one of his companions. He was also getting ready to swim in the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean. Unfortunately, the tragedy has forced the cancellation of this event.