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Sydney shark attack at Little Bay-Victim identified

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Sydney shark attack at Little Bay-Victim identified

A 35-year-old man from Sydney’s south has been named as the victim of yesterday’s fatal shark attack.Man who died in Sydney shark attack swam at Little Bay ‘every day’

Simon Nellist, 35, from Wolli Creek in Sydney’s south, has been confirmed as the victim of yesterday’s fatal shark attack. He  was a certified diving instructor,and was swimming at Little Bay when he was attacked just after 4.30pm on Wednesday.It is believed that the victim swam at Little Bay every day.

One observer described to reporters how he was fishing off rocks at Buchan Point and saw a man wearing a wetsuit swimming across the bay.

The witness (not identified)  said the man was right in front of him when he was dragged under the water by a large shark. The witness  said “the victim was yelling at first, and then when he went down, there were so many splashes.”

Local Life savers said Mr Nellist sustained “catastrophic” injuries in the attack.

Authorities found human remains in the water at Sydney’s Little Bay Beach after the attack, which happened just after 4:30pm yesterday.The search for the

All beaches in Sydney’s east and south were temporarily closed,..but will re-open on Friday after there were no further sightings of a shark that fatally attacked a swimmer yesterday.

It was the city’s first fatal shark attack since 1963.

Little Bay Beach, about 20 kilometres south of Sydney’s CBD, is a popular swimming spot near the entrance to Botany Bay.

Drones were deployed this morning to support a helicopter in the search for the shark, and smart drum lines were set by the Department of Primary Industries to catch the animal.

“Whilst we have all assets on the water trying to locate the animal, we just want to make sure that there is no other danger to any swimmers in that area,” Steven Pearce, from Surf Life Saving NSW, said.

Maroubra MP Michael Daley said Mr Nellist swam at the beach every day.

Mr Daley  described the attack as “horrific” and “heartbreaking”, and thanked surf life savers who were among the first on the scene.

He said “They are supposed to be saving people’s lives, not pulling body parts from the water,…But they are on duty. They Always there to keep us safe and we are very grateful for that.”

*This report compiled from diverse media resources including the ABC

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