Simon Nellis, 35, from Cornwall, was killed by a Great White Shark in Sydney yesterday just months after he posted on Facebook to protest the shark net
Yesterday, a man attacked by a Great White Shark in Sydney wrote a Facebook protested against shark nets months before his tragic death.
Diver Simon Nellis from Penzance in Cornwall is close to marrying the love of his life and has built a life for himself in Australia after starting a trip there six years ago.
Yesterday, when the 35-year-old was practicing swimming for charity at Buchan Point near Small Bay, the former RAF employee was attacked and killed by a 4-meter-long shark.
But just months before this attack, he took to Facebook to raise awareness about how shark nets are killing marine life.
“Shark nets and drums protect no one and kill all kinds of marine life every year. They need to go so these things don’t happen,” he wrote.
Simon, who taught scuba diving at a school in Sydney, was remembered by friends and family as an ocean lover and loved by all.
He will marry his girlfriend, Jessie Ho, after their wedding was canceled due to Covid.
NSW’s Department of Primary Industry has temporarily put out six drums between Little Bay and Malabar as a response plan to the shark incident.
It was an issue that Simon was very passionate about.
He knows the dangers associated with swimming between the two but still hates shark nets and the destruction they can cause.
Since yesterday’s deadly attack, authorities have revealed that Little Bay Beach will use SMART drumming technology for a two-week period as part of a new shark management program.
It works to provide more protection for swimmers by alerting authorities to the presence of sharks.
Loved ones were flooded with tributes to the man loved by everyone and those who loved the ocean.
Seafarers are said to have look at helpless when the shark attacked the victim to death, causing a bystander to “vomit” out of fear.
The victim died instantly from “catastrophic injuries”, police and ambulance services said.
“Everything connected to Simon is connected to the ocean,” friend Della Ross told 7NEWS.
“The news hit us like a truck because he’s one of the people who make this earth lighter.”
Mr Nellist, who is said to have a fiancée and family in the UK, is getting married, according to Australian media.
He was training for an ocean swimming event scheduled for this weekend – but it has now been canceled out of respect for the victim.
Horrified bystanders said they saw the shark “swallow parts of its body” and scream on the beach “someone just got eaten”.
In a shocking video filmed as the attack happened, people can be heard reacting as the tragedy unfolds before their eyes.
One fisherman was heard shouting: “Someone just got eaten by a shark. Oh my! Oh no! That’s crazy. It’s a great white shark.
“I just saw a big white explosion four to five meters long on the surface right here on a swimmer and it was like a car going into the water.
“Dude, I heard a scream and the shark was just wrapping around his body and the body here was half way just outside the rock.
“It turned around and devoured his body parts and that’s it.”
He is one of 2,000 people who have signed up for the charity swim, the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, to be held on Sunday, February 20.
Organizers have now canceled the event after Mr Nellist’s remains were pulled from the water on Thursday.
Events director Robert Lloyd said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the swimmer who was tragically killed yesterday.
“Out of respect for the swimmer and his family, and after extensive consultation with Randwick Council and the experienced Senior Officers of Surfing Lifeguards, we believes it is appropriate to cancel the 2022 swim.”
Patrols continued along the beach and SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) drums were installed on beaches in the city.
Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders said the Department of Basic Industries would work with other authorities to determine if the killer shark – or any other – was still in the vicinity.
“The fishery staff went to the site of yesterday’s really unfortunate and painful attack to bring in the smart males and they will be monitored throughout the day,” he told 2GB.
“The smart cocks have really proven to be hugely successful and also tag the sharks to know exactly where they are and use our smart shark app, along with… the monitor. close by unmanned aerial vehicle.”
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