Surfer missing after second shark attack
TWO surfers are missing, feared dead, after the second shark attack in two days off the South Australian west coast.
A police spokeswoman said a man was attacked by a shark at Black Point, near Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula, about 1pm (CST) today.
His surfboard was recovered, but his body had not been found hours after the attack.
State Emergency Service officers from the area are helping police in a search.
Police were initially unable to give details of the victim or the type of shark, but the spokeswoman said the man was believed to be a local.
Yesterday, a 25-year-old New Zealand man, Cameron Bayes, was dragged off his surfboard by a white pointer at Cactus Beach, on the state's far west coast. Details of the latest attack are sketchy but it is believed to have happened 200km from Cactus Beach.
Yesterday searchers found parts of the New Zealand man's surfboard, but a police spokeswoman said nothing was found today.
"The search will continue tomorrow morning in the same area when tidal movements are more favourable," she said. Media reports named the victim as Cameron Bayes of Auckland, who was on a six-month honeymoon travelling around Australia.
His wife was not on the beach at the time but was told of her husband's death by witnesses.
She was reported to be in severe shock last night and was taken to the nearby Ceduna Hospital.
Witnesses said the shark, about five metres long, thrashed around in a circular motion after it grabbed Mr Bayes who was on his surfboard about 50 metres offshore.
They said they were surprised by the severity of the attack and just how close the shark had come to the beach.
Police said they had already spoken with a number of people who saw the incident but also appealed for anyone else who was in the area at the time to come forward.
The attack was the second at Cactus Beach this year with Anthony Hayes mauled by a three-metre shark in February.
He survived because his friend, Steve Thomas, punched and poked the shark in the eyes until it let go.
In 1975 Wade Shippard, 12, died in a white pointer attack while swimming at nearby Point Sinclair.