TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — A man who was free diving with spear fishermen off the South Australian coast was “swallowed whole” by a great white shark.
During an inquest hearing into the death of 28-year-old teacher Sam Kellett, witnesses described the February 2014 shark attack that ended his life.
“It made me turn around back out to sea and as I turned around I saw the tail of a shark come out of the water and it was thrashing around,” Aaron Whitaker said at the hearing, according to ITV. “I put my face under the water to see the shark but I could not see it. All of a sudden a white pointer shark came out of the murky water vertically towards the surface behind me and almost launched itself out of the water.”
Witness Nicholas Carson said at the hearing he saw the 16-foot-long shark jump out of the water during the attack.
“I saw the whole body of a shark surface out of the water and dive down again into the water,” he said, according to Adelaide Now. “It looked like a great white shark. It happened so fast.”
Amy Cacas, counsel assisting the coroner, said authorities were unable to locate Kellett’s body, but did recover two lead weights and his spear gun, which had “discernible serrated incisions” consistent with great white shark teeth.
“In the circumstances, I would submit that your honor has ample material before you to find that Mr. Kellett was attacked by a shark,” she said, Adelaide Now reports.
Kellett was supposed to take part in the Freedive Extreme Yorke Peninsula Spearfishing Competition the next day.
Shark attacks have been prevalent along the U.S. East Coast this year as 10 people were attacked off the coast of the Carolinas since June.