Missing father feared he would be killed in large white shark attack as suit and torn fins were found but no bodies
A MISSING father was reportedly killed by a shark after rescue teams found a torn wetsuit and fins at the scene, but no bodies.
Duncan Craw, 32, was snorkeling on a family camping vacation in Port Macdonnell, South Australia, when he suddenly disappeared from sight last night, authorities said.
They believe he fell victim to the beasts as two were seen in the area after his disappearance.
Speaking of the tragedy, a police spokesperson said: “Tragically, police suspect the Victorian man was the victim of a shark attack, after PolAir spotted a shark in the area yesterday afternoon .
Limestone Coast Police Director of Operations Campbell Hill added that although they believed deadly predators were the cause, there had been no witnesses to a shark attack and all the evidence was circumstantial .
Hill said: “The physical evidence as well as the proximity of the sharks and the manner in which we were made aware of this male’s disappearance we have put together these exhibits and unfortunately lends itself to a strong belief that this is ‘shark attacked. related incident. “
The COO of an agricultural subcontracting company is survived by his one-year-old son, Levi, and his wife, Taylia
Craw’s devastated family corroborated the alleged police version of events and today released a statement regarding his disappearance.
It read: “We wish this was all a bad dream.
“It is also impossible to fully explain the hole this will leave in the lives of all the relatives and friends who love Duncan.
“The exact circumstances of Duncan’s disappearance are not yet known, but given the recovery of a damaged suit and the sighting of a Great White in the area on Thursday, it appears a shark is involved.”
“He was a cheerful, loving and helpful son. He was a kind and cheeky brother to his sisters. He was a playful, mischievous and supportive companion who had a heart of gold.
“We will never forget Duncan and we will make sure his memory lives on.”
The father-of-one was an avid snorkeling enthusiast and “accepted the dangers he can face in the ocean,” the family said.
“He was extremely unlucky this time,” they added.
They then thanked the search and rescue teams and the volunteers who tried to find him.
Rescue teams narrowed down the search for Craw as the suspected cause of his disappearance became apparent.
During the operation, they found a damaged wetsuit after locating fins the night before and believe the swimsuit belongs to Craw.
Inspector Hill said rescue teams had hoped to find Craw before it was too late and the family was “understandably devastated.”
He said: “We approached this quickly in the hope of being able to carry out a rescue and certainly in the first light of this morning we had not given up hope.
“We are doing everything in our power to support and care for them and… guiding their way through coronary processes is our priority moving forward.
“It is just tragic and a shocking event, and it will take some time for people to adjust to it.”
He added that the police had not yet found any remains and could not rule out the possibility of not finding them.
Craw’s untimely demise comes just before his 33rd birthday, which he was supposed to celebrate tomorrow.