Jessie Ho has broken her silence following the tragic death of her “best friend” Simon Nellis, 35, who was the first person to be killed by a shark in the Little Bay area of Sydney, Australia.
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The fiancée of a British diving instructor who was killed by a shark said she was “the luckiest woman alive” to have met her “soul friend”.
Jessie Ho’s life was turned upside down when her partner became Sydney’s first fatal shark attack in 60 years.
She has now released a heartbreaking tribute to her beloved partner.
Simon Nellit, 35, was killed by a man-eating Great White Shark at Little Bay, Sydney, less than 100 meters from frightened beachgoers.
On Wednesday, posting on a website dedicated to her British ex, she described him as a “one of a kind” person. Daily Mail Online reported .
She said: “Simon is the love of my life and I am the luckiest woman alive to have met him.
“He was very generous and selfless. He loves me, his family and friends so intensely.
“He is my soul mate, and a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend.”
She says that she and Simon enjoy camping, hiking and scuba diving together and that the former RAF gunner is passionate about ocean and marine conservation.
Jessie said she “treasures” the memories she has of Simon and his hometown of Cornwall, including time spent with his family and friends there.
She describes the world as “a little less bright without” him.
The couple was supposed to get married in 2020, but the ceremony was delayed because of the Covid pandemic.
It has been rescheduled to the middle of this year and Daily Mail Australia reports that their wedding will take place in a few weeks.
In a separate tribute, Simon’s family said, “Jessie made Simon so happy and fulfilled.
“They had a lot of plans for their future together.
“Simon has a rare gift of being able to instantly connect with others, earning their trust and respect.
“We are so proud of everything Simon has achieved and believed in and how happy he has become. He will be horribly missed, and we love him so much.”
Simon’s loved ones have created a website encouraging friends and family to contribute memories of him and make donations to help cover his funeral costs.
His death at Buchan Point on Wednesday forced authorities in Sydney to close several beaches, including the famous Bondi.
Special ‘drums’ – aquatic traps that use bait hooks to lure and capture large sharks – are set up underwater.
However, they are controversial because sharks have died in them.
They also often catch other wild animals. Mr Nellist has raved about their use in Sydney, saying they “protect no one” and “need to go”.
His death came weeks before “smart” drum strings were said to have been installed to avert the tragedy.
He was the first person to be killed by a shark in the area since the 1960s.
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