May 26, 2022

Prior to his death, shark attack victim Simon Nelst demanded a ban on shark nets and swimming with large beasts.

The 35-year-old RAF hero loved the sea and was training to swim in a charitable sea when he was struck by a huge 15-foot white shark.

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Simon was about to marry his girlfriend Jessie Ho.Credit: Facebook
Simon was training to be a charitable swimmer when he was killed by a beast.

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Simon was training to be a charitable swimmer when he was killed by a beast.Credit: Facebook
Simon filmed himself swimming with a shark

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Simon filmed himself swimming with a shark

He was just 150 meters from the beach at Bowen Point near Little Bay in Sydney when the hunter carried out the first deadly attack in the area in almost 60 years.

Simon talked about the nets and drum lines used to keep sharks away from swimmers, saying they kill wildlife indiscriminately.

The drum lines are giant temple hooks hanging on the boys who are reddened by the fish.

“Shark nets and drum lines do not protect anyone and kill all kinds of marine life every year,” Simon wrote on Facebook.

In the video he posted on a Facebook page for divers in Sydney, he posted a video of swimming with 10 sharks.


What do we know so far ….

  • Eyewitnesses said they heard Simon screaming for help.
  • One expert said the 35-year-old may have been mistaken for a seal.
  • The veteran swimmer was training to swim in the charity sea.
  • Simon has lived in Australia for many years and was about to marry his girlfriend.

The footage was part of her work with a scuba dive, a scuba diving center owned by her friend Della Ross.

Simon was described as a calm and patient certified instructor who told the students to respect the sea.

He also helped with the diving rescue scenario in Della Ross.

The heartbreaking Della told Seven News: “Everything connected to Simon is connected to the sea.

“The news hit us like a truck because he was one of the people who lightened the earth. He loved water, he loved diving.”

Most read in the Scottish Sun.

The tragedy occurred when the former RAF serviceman was about to marry the “girl of his dreams”.

Remains of British immigrants were found in the water on Wednesday afternoon after a horrific ordeal.

A close friend of Simon’s told The Sun: “Her and Jesse’s wedding was supposed to take place last year, but it was postponed because of Covid.

“It’s just awful. We spent most of yesterday just hoping and praying that it wasn’t him. It’s still incredibly crude.”

“Simon was amazing. That’s all there is to it. He was just the best.

“He was a wonderful, kind man. It’s a great loss.”

“In the last two years, we haven’t been able to see him because of his condition.”

The friend revealed that Simon “fell in love” with Australia six years ago after a two-year journey in the RAF.

Veteran swimmer Simon “really knew the water,” he explained.

“He was in the wild a lot and he knew exactly what he was doing. He wasn’t straight.

“Simon was diving and he would send us some of the most amazing videos of wildlife there. He had a lot of respect for wildlife.

“He graduated from RAF about six years ago and he went on a trip and then he fell in love with her. Then he fell in love with her.

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“I know he’s done some great tours with the RAF.”

Simon grew up in Penzance but hasn’t returned in years, the friend said.

“Her family is still here and they haven’t seen her in a few years. It’s very sad.”

Eyewitnesses said they heard the victim screaming for help in a world of despair when the shark swarmed after 4.30pm on Wednesday.

The Great White allegedly attacked the man “vertically” before dragging his body out of the sea.

Expert Lawrence Chalbeck said the terrifying shark may have misunderstood the swimmer – allegedly wearing a weight suit – for a seal when he attacked Burt.

The attack comes just three months after another Bert Paul Malachap was killed off the coast of Western Australia.

The 57-year-old was dragged into the water by a 14-foot-tall white man when he was killed in front of his frightened family.

Fisherman Chris Linto told Nine News: “Some boy was swimming when a shark came and attacked him vertically.

“We heard a scream and turned around as if a car had landed in the water, a big splash then the shark was screaming at the body and there was blood everywhere.

“It was really bad.”

One man described how he was fishing and saw a man floating across the bay wearing a white suit.

He said the swimmer was right in front of him when he was dragged underwater by a shark.

The man said ABC“He was screaming at first, then when he went down there were a lot of splatters. The shark won’t stop.”

Burt was killed.

The assailant said the attack lasted for several seconds.

He said: “It was terrible. I’m shivering. I keep vomiting. It’s very, very disturbing.

“He just went downstairs for a swim, enjoying the day, but the shark killed him.”

Rescue workers on jet skis and boats began searching for the swimmer before human remains were found in the water, and parts of a weight suit were reportedly recovered.

Surprised witnesses claimed that the swimmer was attacked by a 15-foot-tall white man.

Lawrence Chalbeck of the US-based Human Society International said the brutal attack was “incredibly rare.”

The former RAF soldier has been based in Sydney for many years.

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The former RAF soldier has been based in Sydney for many years.Credit: Facebook
A friend said that Simon fell in love with Jesse when he moved to Australia.

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A friend said that Simon fell in love with Jesse when he moved to Australia.Credit: 8000 pixels
A disturbing video of the attack shows a shark scurrying around in bloody water.

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A disturbing video of the attack shows a shark scurrying around in bloody water.Credit: Twitter
Simon's remains were found in the water.

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Simon’s remains were found in the water.Credit: Facebook
The British expat has been living in Australia for many years.

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The British expat has been living in Australia for many years.Credit: Facebook
Horror erupted in front of dozens of fishermen and beachgoers.

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Horror erupted in front of dozens of fishermen and beachgoers.Credit: Twitter

He said: “It’s very unusual to see sharks attacking humans in this way.

“The majority of shark bites have been ‘another.’ This is a very unique, and unfortunate, tragic situation.”

At the time of his attack, he was training for the Malabar Magic Ocean III – which was supposed to take place on Sunday but has since been canceled.

‘Rare’ deadly attack

After the first deadly shark attack in the Sydney area since 1963, part of the coast has been closed to the public, causing panic among locals.

A disturbing video of the violent attack showed a shark being killed in bloody water just a few meters from the rocks.

And a fisherman can be heard shouting: “Someone has just been eaten by a shark. Oh man! Oh no! It’s crazy, it’s a big white shark.”

“I just saw a four- to five-meter-tall giant white on a swimmer explode on the surface and it was like a car going into the water.

“F *** dude, I heard a scream and the shark was just hitting its body and the body was half of the rocks here.

“It came back and swallowed some parts of its body and that’s it.”

James, a 27-year-old local resident, arrived at the shore shortly before 5.30pm when the helicopter was hovering over the rocks but people were swimming.

He told Guardian Australia“Everyone was looking around, trying to figure out what was going on.

“There were still people in the water. I would never go in again – no way.”

‘Catastrophic injuries’

The tragic death is the first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963, when Marcia Hathaway, a well-known local actress, was fatally injured by a shark in Middle Harbor.

The shark was spotted standing in the muddy waters just 20 feet off shore north of Sugarloaf Bay. Sydney Morning Herald Reports

Emergency services in Sydney rushed to the scene after the horrific attack.

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Emergency services in Sydney rushed to the scene after the horrific attack.
A Navy helicopter is hovering over the site of a deadly shark attack on Little Bay in Sydney.

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A Navy helicopter is hovering over the site of a deadly shark attack on Little Bay in Sydney.Credit: AFP
Fishermen's boat patrols the site of a deadly shark attack on Little Bay Beach.

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Fishermen’s boat patrols the site of a deadly shark attack on Little Bay Beach.Credit: AFP

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