This is every person’s biggest fear when swimming in the ocean.
Sydney (AFP) — A diver was killed by a shark Saturday while hunting scallops off the coast of Australia as his daughter watched helplessly, shocking locals in an area not known for such attacks.
The attack happened off Maria Island in the southern island state of Tasmania following sightings of a large great white shark in the vicinity over recent days.
The man, in his late 40s, was diving with his adult daughter when he failed to resurface.
“My understanding is the daughter returned to the boat and the father returned to get some more scallops,” Tasmania Police Inspector David Wiss told reporters. “He did not return to the surface.
“His daughter became worried and went down and checked on her father, she saw a very large shark, she saw her father being attacked by the shark.”
The woman, who is in her 20s, according to the Australian Associated Press, scrambled back on board their dingy and set off a flare to attract attention.
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