Australian Diver Killed by Two Great White Sharks Off South Australia Coast
The diver was fishing for abalone at the time of the attack, officials said. While his remains have not yet been found, a witness saw the man attacked.
"There's no way he survived," said the captain of the aluminum dive boat that took the diver to the site.
An ambulance services spokesman told the Australian Associated Press the unnamed captain returned to Coffin Bay in shock.
The identity of the diver was not disclosed.
Shark sightings are common in the diving area off South Australia's West Coast. The attack occurred near the water's surface, about 15 miles west of Coffin Bay National Park, reports AdelaideNow.
Abalone fishing is a $50 million business in South Australia.
Police in Port Lincoln said they were investigating the incident. In a statement, police Senior Constable Tim Dodds said two sharks had been blamed for the attack.
A worker at the Coffin Bay Hotel said there were a number of people at the hotel shocked from the incident.
According to the newspaper, since 1985, 11 people have been killed by sharks in South Australian waters.
Last summer, great white shark sightings caused beaches to close in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In October, a man was killed by a shark, believed to be a great white, off a beach on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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