The worst shark attack since 1963 took place on Wednesday off the coast of Sydney (Australia)!
Around 4:30 pm (local time), a swimmer was struck by a shark in the Arboring waves and cut to pieces. Rescue workers were only able to remove body parts from the water. “Unfortunately, the man sustained serious injuries and paramedics could not do much for him,” an EMS spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to the newspaper, this is the first deadly shark attack on a Sydney beach in almost 60 years.
Fisherman Chris Lindo was able to observe everything from a rock: “The shark came and hit him vertically,” Lindo told the “9 News” broadcaster. According to fishermen, the four-and-a-half-meter-long white shark was the one that hit the swimmer the longest. “The shark just didn’t stand up. It was scary.”
Video of the attack in the southeastern suburb of Little Bay has been circulating on social media. It shows a shark dragging a swimmer through the waves. The water turns red again and again before the eyes of the shocked beach goers.
Police used ambulances and helicopters. The boats scoured the water and searched for body parts. At first nothing was known about the identity of the victim. The beach and other nearby beaches are temporarily closed. This is the first deadly shark attack in Australia this year, according to figures from the Taronga Zoo.
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