Shark kills diver while daughter watches in horror
A large shark attacked and killed a man who
was diving with his daughter off the coast of Maria Island in Tasmania,
Australia. The man, who was in his late 40s and his daughter, who is in
her 20s, were diving for scallops from a small dinghy Saturday morning
when the fatal attack took place, the Australian Broadcasting
The woman had returned to the boat while her
father continued to collect scallops underwater, David Wiss, an
inspector with the Tasmania police, told reporters during a press
"His daughter became worried and went down
and checked on her father when]she saw a very large shark, she saw her
father being attacked by the shark," Wiss said.
The woman resurfaced from an estimated depth
of 39 feet and set off a flare to alert other boaters in the area, who
came to help.
"They pulled up the man using the air hose
that he was attached to," Wiss told reporters, "but unfortunately he was
The victim's daughter was "deeply traumatized," according to Wiss, and could only describe the shark as "large."
Witnesses reported sightings of a 15-foot
great white shark in the area on Friday, a Maria Island senior ranger
told The Examiner.
Sharks are not common in those waters,
said John Hammond, president of the Scallop Fishermen's Association of
Tasmania, which regulates scallop fishing in the area. Other divers were
also in the water at the time of the attack, he said.
"It is really shallow, sheltered water," Hammond. "It used to be traditional scallop ground... It is an absolute tragedy."
Tasmanian senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that the event was a "terrible tragedy," but asked the public to stay calm.
"There have only been five fatal shark
attacks in Tasmania since convict times," Whish-Wilson said. “Over time
people will be calling for sharks to be killed. While it’s tragic news,
we want to keep a couple of things in perspective.”