A holidaymaker has recalled the horrific moment a huge shark sank its teeth into a surfer and ripped his body to shreds.
Ian Brophy, 70, from New South Wales was about to enter the water when he spotted the beast at Granite Beach, south of Streaky Bay in South Australia, about 10.20am on Tuesday.
A 55-year-old surfer was mauled to death by a Great White measuring an incredible four meters long.
Witness Jeff Schmucker drove his jet ski into the water at Granite Beach after a surfer was mauled by a shark
“When I turned around I saw the shark just take off and bite, bite and pull him under the water over the guy’s body and then for a minute or two there was nothing and blood everywhere and then the board popped up.” Mr. Brophy told The Advertiser.
“That’s it, this guy was torn apart.” I saw him in the wave and the shark had his body in its mouth. It was pretty scary.’
Mr Brophy said the surfboard was the only thing spared from the fatal attack and said he saw the man in the shark’s mouth.
“Sixty years of surfing and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Mr Brophy said.
Fellow surfer Jeff Schmucker had earlier rushed to the scene and said he had spoken to one of the dozen people in the water who watched the horror.
“It attacked him from the side.” “It went under once and came back up and went under again, and that was the last time the boy saw him,” Mr. Schmucker said 7News.
Mr Schmucker later drove his jet ski into the surf to find the victim, but then found himself near a four-metre-long shark, which he believed to be the killer.
The only remains he found was the victim’s surfboard with a huge bite mark in it, with Mr Schmucker describing the shark as a “f***ing monster”.
A surfer was mauled to death by a 4.2 meter monster shark on a remote beach, witnesses said (pictured is a shark that was spotted in the area shortly afterwards).
Police responded immediately and launched a search following the attack, with support from Police Water Operations, PolAir, the State Emergency Service and local volunteers.
The surfer has not yet been found.
Located 700 km northwest of Adelaide, Streaky Bay is a popular coastal tourist spot with nearby attractions such as Smooth Pool and High Cliffs.
The area is also known for its large population of great white sharks and has a recognized breeding site just offshore at Streaky Bay in Elliston.
Rescue workers can be seen on Granites Beach following the shark attack on Tuesday morning
Tuesday’s attack was the second in the region in recent weeks, after South Australian Pamela Cook was mauled by a shark in Beachport on October 2.
The 64-year-old was out for a morning swim with local community group Beachport Sea Urchins and Slugs when she was attacked just before 8am.
She was bitten in the leg and flown to Mount Gambier Hospital in a stable condition.
Just months earlier, in May, 46-year-old Elliston man Simon Baccanello was killed in a shark attack on Walkers Rocks Beach.
The teacher was abused about 30 to 50 meters from the coast.