Shark attack on Sydney beach
Update to the latest news
Beaches are reopening across Sydney today, as the victim of a fatal shark attack is identified as 35-year-old Simon Nellist, a dive instructor who loved the ocean.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A shark killed a person off a Sydney beach on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in the city’s first deadly attack in nearly 60 years, causing “catastrophic injuries”, police and ambulance services said.
Witnesses said the man was wearing a wetsuit when he was “attacked by a 4.5-meter-long shark vertically” and the water filled with blood.
According to the statement, officers who attended the scene, along with Marine District Command and Surf Life Saving NSW, found “human remains” in the waters.
NSW Police said emergency services were called to Buchan Point, near Little Bay in southeast Sydney, after reports of a shark attack at 4.35pm local time on February 16.
“There was a guy swimming and a shark came and attacked him vertically,” witness Chris Lento told Nine.
“We had heard a scream and turned around to see as if a car had gone down in the water, a big splash came in, then the shark was nibbling at the body and the blood was everywhere.”
The data shows that this was the first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963.
The police did not provide any information on the identity of the swimmer.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to Little Bay, “Unfortunately this patient suffered catastrophic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do.”