A shark dragged a man from his friend's arms and killed him Tuesday off Australia's southern coast, officials said.
April 30, 2002
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- A shark dragged a man from his friend's arms and killed him Tuesday off Australia's southern coast, officials said.
The victim, a 23-year-old professional diver, was diving for scallops from an anchored boat with a friend when he was attacked by the shark, South Australia Ambulance spokesman Lee Francis said.
The friend tried to pull the victim onto the boat but the shark pulled the man into the water, Francis said. The victim's name was not released.
The victim's friend was not hurt, but was taken to a hospital to be treated for shock.
"I understand he (the victim) came to the surface. There was a cry for help," Francis said. "But as the other person tried to get him on board, the shark grabbed him and pulled him underneath."
Francis said the men's boat was anchored off the small South Australian fishing port of Smoky Bay, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of the state capital Adelaide, when the attack happened around noon.
Smoky Bay is known as haunt of the great white shark.
However, officials could not confirm what kind of shark was involved in Tuesday's attack.
It was the fifth fatal shark attack in South Australian waters in the past four