A swimmer has died in Sydney’s first fatal shark attack in nearly 60 years, authorities confirm.
Tragically they confirmed today that the man has been named locally as 35-yr-old British man Simon Nellist.
Mr Nellist travelled to Australia six years ago and liked the country so much that he decided to stay.
He was due to get married this year to a nurse he met in Sydney.
Emergency services were called around 4:35pm local time in Buchan Point, Malabar on Wednesday after reports of an attack in which the victim suffered catastrophic injuries.
Witnesses told local television they saw the attack on a swimmer wearing a wetsuit. It was the first deadly shark attack in Sydney since 1963, the data shows.
“Some guy was swimming and a shark came and attacked him vertically,” witness Kris Linto told Nine News.
“We heard a yell and turned around – it looked like a car had landed in the water.”
Another witness estimated the shark to be 15 feet long.
It’s understood that Mr Nellist was originally from Cornwall where his family still live.
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