Diver attacked by sharks
South Australian Police have confirmed that an abalone diver has been taken by two sharks while diving near Coffin Bay on the bottom of Eyre Peninsula.
The diver was in the water south of Perforated Island when the attack happened late on Thursday afternoon.
Police have been told that the diver was returning to the surface when two sharks, possibly great whites, attacked him.
The boat's captain witnessed the attack and was treated for shock by ambulance officers when he reached the Point Avoid boat ramp.
Those on the scene have been too traumatised to talk to the media and details remain sketchy.
An abalone boat has been removed from the beach and is being inspected by police.
Inspector Glen Sickerdick from South Australian Police Communications says a search will be carried out on Friday.
"It's been reported that the diver was returning to the surface sometime this afternoon when two sharks, which are believed to be great whites, attacked and grabbed him," he said.
"Port Lincoln CIB detectives are attending and they will be conducting an investigation into the incident.
"It's also envisaged that a joint emergency service exercise will be conducted tomorrow in relation to a search of the area."
The Point Avoid region is notoriously rough and known for sharks, and there has been a big increase in shark sightings in recent weeks on the Lower Eyre Peninsula.
Two weeks ago the ABC was told of one diver who ducked to avoid a five-metre white pointer.
He was brushed by the shark as it swam away.
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