Environment

Man killed by shark while diving with daughter off Tasmanian coast

AP

A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark on Saturday while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said.

The adult woman had returned to their boat with scallops that the pair had collected then became concerned that her father, in his late 40s, had not surfaced after her, Inspector David Wiss told reporters in the state capital of Hobart.

“His daughter became worried and went down and checked on her father,” Wiss said. “She saw a very large shark. She saw her father being attacked by the shark.”

The attack happened off the east coast near where a 4½-meter-long (15-foot-long) great white shark was seen Friday, government ranger Peter Lingard told The Examiner newspaper.

The last fatal shark attack off the Australian coast occurred in February, when Japanese tourist Tadashi Nakahara, 41, lost both his legs to a great white shark which was 3 to 4 meters long (10 to 13 feet long) while surfing at Ballina, 1,600 km (1,000 miles) north of the scene of Saturday’s attack.

Sharks are common off Australia’s beaches, but fatal attacks are rare.

The country has averaged fewer than two deadly attacks per year in recent decades.