Human remains with possible shark bites could be missing diver, WA police say

Police believe a diver missing off the coast south of Perth may have been killed by a shark after human remains were discovered with possible shark bites.

The man, 38, failed to resurface after diving with two friends several kilometres off Dawesville Cut, about 80 kilometres south of Perth, early on Saturday afternoon.

Water Police divers today found human remains believed to be that of the missing man close to the dive site.

In a statement, police said a preliminary investigation “indicates the male may have received shark bites”.

However, they stressed that the cause of death remained unclear and that his friends did not see any shark attack.

Water police and volunteer marine rescue boats, together with a police dive team and helicopters, have been scouring the area since Saturday.

Police said further investigations were continuing and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

If the man was taken by a shark it would be the first fatal attack since the State Government introduced baited drum lines off the WA coast in January.

The waters off Western Australia have seen an unprecedented number of fatal shark attacks recently – including six fatal incidents in just over two years.

The last fatal shark attack in WA occurred in November when surfer Chris Boyd was taken near Gracetown in the state’s south west.

Professional abalone diver Greg Pickering survived an attack near Esperance in October.

According to the Australian Shark Attack File, there have been 85 recorded “unprovoked” attacks, 18 of which were fatal, in WA in the past 100 years.