Shark may have seized missing Australian snorkeler, police say

23-01-2021 11:27 PM

Ammon News -

A man who went missing while snorkeling off the Australian coast may have been taken by a shark, authorities said on Friday, after a search operatio found pieces of diving equipment.

The man went missing late on Thursday while snorkeling near Port MacDonnell, on the country’s south coast, sparking an air and sea search, police said.

The search was later scaled back when rescuers pulled a damaged wetsuit and flippers from the water.

The man’s identity was not disclosed, other than that he was 32 and from nearby Victoria state. Local media reported he had been holidaying with family at the popular surfing and diving spot and they called the authorities when he failed to return.

“We haven’t recovered any remains but there are a few remaining areas of interest that we want to explore, but the search will be scaled down,” the Australian Broadcasting Corp quoted South Australia Police Limestone Coast operations manager Campbell Hill as saying.

A shark had been reported seen in the area the previous day, Hill added, according to the ABC.

The incident would be Australia’s first recorded shark attack of 2021. The country saw a spike in fatal shark attacks in 2020 with eight lives lost, up from no lives lost the previous year, according to the Taronga Conservation Society, which collects shark attack data.


  • no comments

All comments are reviewed and posted only if approved.
Ammon News reserves the right to delete any comment at any time, and for any reason, and will not publish any comment containing offense or deviating from the subject at hand, or to include the names of any personalities or to stir up sectarian, sectarian or racial strife, hoping to adhere to a high level of the comments as they express The extent of the progress and culture of Ammon News' visitors, noting that the comments are expressed only by the owners.
name : *
show email
comment : *
Verification code : Refresh
write code :