The Inertia

Emergency crews have been searching for the body of a surfer killed by a shark in South Australia. The search went on throughout the day for the as-yet unnamed 55-year-old male surfer, but yielded no results.

The attack occurred around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday at Granite Rock (also called Granites), a popular surf break south of Streaky Bay. The victim was in the water with around a dozen other surfers, when witnesses saw the attack take place.

“He grabbed him, pulled him back down, brought him back up, pulled him back down again,” one witness told 7 News.

Local surfer Jeff Schmucker raced out on a jet ski to find the victim. Instead, he found himself being circled by an approximately 13-foot-long great white shark that he presumes is the same animal that attacked the victim. Schmucker then found the remains of the man’s surfboard with a large bite mark.

Police quickly began a search for the missing surfer, deploying helicopters, boats and jet skis to scan the water. However, the search was called off at the end of the day, still having found no sign of the man. Recovery efforts will continue in the morning, authorities said.


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