Shark spotted with the body of a man in its jaws as witnesses look on in horror
By Richard Shears
Last updated at 3:21 PM on 27th December 2008
A huge shark - believed to be a great white - rolled over in the water with the body of a man in its jaws in a horror scene described by witnesses.
Bank officer Brian Guest, 51, was grabbed by the shark as he was snorkelling for crabs with his 24-year-old son Daniel off the coast of Western Australia today when the feared monster of the deep struck.
The water turned red with blood as the shark carried the father of three away after the attack, just 25 feet from the beach at Port Kennedy, 20 miles south of the State capital, Perth.
Witnesses on the beach told of seeing a 'flash of fin' but local man Luke Tubbs, who lives near the beach, described a horrific scene in which the shark could be seen with Mr Guest's body in its jaws.
While he did not witness the event personally, he said it had been described to him by another man who had run to his home to raise the alarm.
'He told me he just saw a big splash and then the shark roll over in the water with the guy - and then (he saw) no body or anything.'
Police, emergency services and volunteers search the coastline for any sign of Mr Guest, but his body had not been found several hours after the terrifying attack.
Jaws of death: A great white is thought to have attacked Brian Guest
Mr Guest's son was swimming some 20 feet from his father when the shark struck and while Daniel is understood not to have witnessed the actual attack, he realised his father was in trouble when he saw the water turn red with blood.
He swam quickly to the beach, shouting for help. Rescuers later reported they had found parts of a wetsuit believed to belong to the missing man, as warnings went out to beachgoers to stay out of the water.
There have been reports of a large shark swimming in waters near Rockingham in recent days but it is not known if it was responsible for attacking Mr Guest.
There has been a surge in shark sightings around Australian beaches, with a South Australian surf life-saving organisation reporting that its aerial patrol had spotted sharks 39 times so far this summer - the same number for the entire summer last year.
Even Sydney's famous Bondi beach has not escaped a 'visit' from the most feared creature in the sea. A shark's fins being spotted close to the beach resulted in more than 1,000 people being urged by loudspeaker to get out of the water.
Shark experts believe the increase in numbers can be attributed to many more fish being available for the sharks to follow for food.
'Increased sightings obviously lead to the possibility of an increase in attacks, said Andrew Fox, son of Rodney Fox who survived a terrifying great white attack decades ago.
Even people who stand waist-deep in water are not safe from an attack - a few years ago a Western Australian man was attacked when he was wading back into the beach. He died from blood loss on the sands.
Today's attack came shortly after 7am - and the early hours of the morning are often considered a dangerous time for swimming during 'shark season' , Australia's summer months.
'We heard shouting from the shore as others realised that something was happening out there,' said a young woman who had arrived at the beach for an early morning swim.
'There was a flash of a fin and then the water seemed to go red with blood. It had all the appearances of a shark attack.'
Police spokesman Mark Valentine said witnesses had reported seeing 'something pretty violent' happening in the water - and had also seen blood in the water.
'Something very traumatic has happened there and we are treating it as a probably shark attack,' said Mr Valentine.
'There was lots of talk among witnesses at the incident location about seeing fins in the water, but we can't yet say whether there was definitely a shark out there.'
Mr Guest and his son snorkelled together about three times a week off the same beach.
'Daniel is still in great shock,' said a family member. 'You cannot even imagine what he is going through at this moment.'
The family has insisted, however, that they do not want the shark to be hunted and killed.
'The family says that we are in their environment when we go into the water and we have to pay respect for that,' said police Sgt Steve Kent.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... orror.html