THE aunt of a British man mauled to dying by a shark have mentioned he WOULDN’T have needed the beast put down.
Simon Nellist, a former RAF hero, died after he was attacked by a 15ft nice white shark as he skilled for a charity ocean swim within the sea off Sydney.
The diving teacher, who moved down underneath six years in the past the place he met the “lady of his desires” Jessie Ho, was simply 150m away from the seaside at Buchan Level, close to Little Bay in Sydney, when the predator struck.
His tragic dying the primary deadly assault within the space in practically 60 years.
However his aunt mentioned her nature-loving nephew would need nothing lower than the shark destroyed following the assault.
Jacqui Seager from Maidstone, Kent, instructed the Day by day Mail: “I don’t suppose Simon would need the shark to be killed. He cherished nature.”
His aunt mentioned she did not suppose that Simon would have ever thought of a shark may hurt him, and that he had a deep love of the ocean.
The 62-year-old added: “Simon all the time cherished the ocean. He was all the time very near it. He cherished wildlife and the world.
“He had an actual love affair with nature. He was a really sort and thoughtful man who simply cherished life.”
Mum-of-three Mrs Seager additionally mentioned Simon’s mum is “in bits” and the household are planning to fly out quickly.
The heartbreak comes as Simon and Jessie had been attributable to marry “in June or July” subsequent yr, his aunt mentioned.
A pal of Simon’s instructed The Solar: “Him and Jessie had been attributable to get married final yr however that received postpone due to Covid.
“It’s simply horrendous. We spent most of yesterday simply hoping and praying it wasn’t him. It’s nonetheless extremely uncooked.”
“Simon was wonderful. That’s all there’s to say actually. He was simply the very best.
“He was the nicest, kindest human. It’s a big loss.”
“Within the final couple of years we haven’t been in a position to see him due to the Covid scenario.”
The buddy revealed Simon “fell in love” with Australia after going travelling round six years in the past, following service within the RAF.
Skilled swimmer Simon “actually knew the water”, they added.
“He was massively into wildlife and knew precisely what he was doing. He wasn’t daft. It’s only a freak accident.
“Simon was doing his diving and he would ship us probably the most wonderful movies of the wildlife on the market. He was so respectful of the wildlife.
“He completed within the RAF about six years in the past and he went travelling after which simply fell in love with it on the market. Then he fell in love with Jessie.
“I do know he did some fairly large excursions with the RAF.”
Simon grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, however is known to not have been again for just a few years.
What we all know thus far….
- Witnesses mentioned they heard Simon yell out for assist.
- The 35-year-old was in all probability mistaken for a seal, one professional has mentioned.
- The skilled swimmer was coaching for a charity ocean swim.
- Simon has lived in Australia for variety of years and was attributable to marry his girlfriend.
- He spoke out in opposition to shark safety measures and swam with the creatures
The buddy mentioned Simon’s household are presently nonetheless within the UK, including: “They haven’t seen him in just a few years. It’s too unhappy.”
Simon cherished the ocean and known as for a ban on shark nets and swam with the large beasts earlier than his dying, tragic posts reveal.
The Brit had spoken out about nets and drum strains, used to maintain sharks away from swimmers, saying they indiscriminately killed wildlife.
Drum strains are big hooks suspended on buoys which are baited with fish.
“Shark nets and drum strains defend nobody and kill every kind of marine life yearly,” wrote Simon on Fb.
And video posted on a Fb web page for divers in Sydney, reveals him swimming beside 10 sharks.
Witnesses mentioned they heard the sufferer yell out for assist in desperation because the shark pounced simply after 4.30pm on Wednesday
The nice white allegedly “attacked vertically” earlier than dragging the person’s physique out of the ocean.
Skilled Lawrence Chlebeck mentioned that the ferocious shark in all probability mistook the swimmer – reportedly carrying a wetsuit – for a seal when it launched and attacked the Brit.
And the 35-year-old was an everyday swimmer within the bay the place the frenzy occurred, in keeping with native MP Michael Daley.