FATAL – 24 August 2005 – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, Australia – diver attacked

A diver is presumed dead after a shark attacked him while diving with friends two kilometres off the popular Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, Australia.

The attack took place at 4.10pm local time. The victim and another man were scuba diving when their two friends aboard a boat saw the shark, but they were powerless to stop the attack. The two friends on the boat pulled the victim’s diving companion from the water as the attack took place.

The witnesses said the shark was large and took the diver while he was underwater.

Police have recovered some of the missing diver’s equipment, including the oxygen tank and a buoyancy vest. A search for the victim was underway Wednesday night, but he was presumed dead.

Initial reports did not mention the name of the victim or those of the witnesses.

Local shark expert Andrew Fox told media it was most likely a Great White shark, the same type of shark that was believed responsible for the fatal attack on 18-year-old Nick Peterson last December just one kilometre from this incident.

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