Two piece of wetsuit have been discovered within the water hours after a surfer was seen being dragged off his surf board by a shark, crushing hopes he may nonetheless be discovered alive.
Andrew Sharpe was browsing about 10.45am at Kelp Beds seaside close to Esperance, Western Australia, on Friday when he was bitten on the leg by a shark.
The 52-year-old was knocked off his board within the assault and as his associates paddled over to avoid wasting him they reportedly noticed the shark come again and pull Mr Sharpe below the water.
A surf board with chunk marks later washed ashore however there has nonetheless been no signal of Mr Sharpe.
Police revealed on Saturday they imagine the rescue mission was now a restoration mission, with rescuers discovering items of wetsuit within the water.
“We don’t maintain any ongoing hope, sadly, for Mr Sharpe’s survival,” Senior Sergeant Justin Tarasinski instructed reporters.
“We’ve positioned two items of his wetsuit or a wetsuit that’s believed to belong to Mr Sharpe … not too distant from his last-known place.
“They’ve been seized and so they’ll go for forensic testing.”
The seek for the lacking surfer was known as off at about 2.30pm as a result of poor climate, with the search prone to recommence tomorrow however as a restoration mission.
It’s the fifth incident within the space in simply seven years, with a teenage lady killed on the similar spot three years in the past.
Locals stated the shark-infested waters had been “too harmful” for surfers.
“Sharks are all the time prowling these waters at Esperance for years and for many years. We don’t swim in these waters too far out from the shallow waters,” Denise Colbung stated.
Following the assault Snr Sgt Tarasinski stated as much as eight surfers had been within the water on the time of the assault.
“The surfboard washed up close by to the place the assault occurred and with apparent indicators of shark assault,” he instructed reporters on Friday.
“The probabilities of survival are clearly fairly slim contemplating a number of the accounts which were offered to us.”
The search, involving jet skis and boats, was known as off as a result of an absence of daylight Friday night.
Premier Mark McGowan described it as a “very unhappy and doubtlessly tragic” state of affairs.
Shire of Esperance president Ian Mickel stated the group was saddened by the tragedy.
“It’s extraordinarily unhappy to listen to there’s been a shark assault once more,” he stated.
“We’ve had a whole lot of assaults over the past seven years. It’s simply actually, actually disappointing.”
– With NCA NewsWire