Horror struck a busy Australian beach yesterday when a young surfer was ripped in half by a shark believed to be a Great White.
The lower half of the surfers body is still missing.
The tragic victim was surfing the waves with his friends when the fearsome predator attacked in the waters off Bunker Bay close to the western town of Dunsborough.
A police spokesman reported: “The deceased is a male in his early 20s. He was body boarding at the time with a mate and also four or five others were in the water at the time but unfortunately he was taken from the lower part of the body.”
A local woman was at the beach with her husband and two daughters when the tragedy happened: “They pulled him out of the water and there was a lot of blood on the beach. There was no hope. He was cut in half. There were mainly surfers in the water. People were just in panic. It’s very sad for this young bloke.”
Beachside cafe worker Deb Pickett said: “We had some sharks spotted far out at sea a few months ago, but they never come this close to the shore.”
The surfers haven known as The Farm was closed immediately by authorities.