'He wouldn't want the shark to be destroyed': Family of 35-year-old Briton who died in shark attack

‘He wouldn’t want the shark to be destroyed’: Family of 35-year-old Briton who died in shark attack

‘He wouldn’t want the shark to be hunted down and destroyed’: Family of 35-year-old British diving instructor killed by 13-foot white man in Australia says he had ‘love affair’ with wildlife and nature

  • Simon Nellist’s family said the late diver would not have wanted the shark to be killed.
  • The RAF veteran was the first victim of a shark attack near Sydney since the 1960s.
  • He was due to marry his fiancé Jessie Ho this summer.

The family of an RAF veteran who was killed yesterday while swimming in Australia by a great white shark insisted he would not want the animal to be destroyed.

British dive instructor Simon Nellist, 35, who has been described as a “kind, considerate man who loved life,” has died just 500 feet from terrified beachgoers near Sydney.

He was the first person to be killed by a shark in the area since the 1960s. Mr. Nellist, who grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, traveled to Afghanistan twice before settling in Australia and was due to marry his fiancee, Jessie Ho, this summer.

His aunt Jackie Seeger, 62, said yesterday: “I don’t think Simon would want the shark to be killed. He loved nature.

British diving instructor Simon Nellist, 35, died just 500 feet from frightened beachgoers near Sydney.

British diving instructor Simon Nellist, 35, died just 500 feet from frightened beachgoers near Sydney.

“He used to swim with sharks. It’s not the first time he goes out and sees them, but he would still go swimming. It’s bold.

“I don’t think he ever thought they would harm him. Unfortunately, this time he managed to get to it.

“That’s just terrible. We are all in shock. Photographer Mrs Seeger from Maidstone, Kent, added: “Most days he was swimming. It’s just an accident. It shows that you can’t take life for granted.”

His death at Buchan Point on Wednesday forced the Sydney authorities to close several beaches, including the famous Bondi.

Special “drum lines” were installed in the water – water traps with bait for baiting and catching large sharks. However, they are controversial because sharks have died in them. They also often catch other wild animals. Mr Nellist criticized their use in Sydney, saying they “don’t protect anyone” and “need to go”.

'He wouldn't want the shark to be destroyed': Family of 35-year-old Briton who died in shark attack Mr. Nellist, who grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, traveled to Afghanistan twice before settling in Australia and was due to marry his fiancee, Jessie Ho, this summer.

Mr. Nellist, who grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, traveled to Afghanistan twice before settling in Australia and was due to marry his fiancee, Jessie Ho, this summer.

His death came weeks before “smart” drumming was reportedly due to have been installed to prevent the tragedy.

Mother-of-three Mrs Seeger said: “He told his mom he was going to Australia and that was it.” He liked it so much that he stayed. There he met his girlfriend Jessie. They are about the same age and immediately hit it off. They have been together for many years.

“She is completely broken, like his parents. I spoke to them last night and they are incredible. They’ll never get over it – never – because it’s something you keep with you for life. I just feel so sorry for them. They plan to go there as soon as they can, but they need to sort out the visas. Everyone was going to fly there to see him get married in June or July, but unfortunately the circumstances are much sadder now.”

Mr Nellist was the first person to be killed by a shark in the Sydney area since the 1960s.

Mr Nellist was the first person to be killed by a shark in the Sydney area since the 1960s.

Mrs Seeger emphasized: “Simon has always loved the sea. He has always been very close to it. He loved the wild and the world. He had a real love for nature. He was a very kind and considerate person who simply loved life. He was a tough guy and made two tours of Afghanistan. His mother said how he could come back from the front unharmed and then go to Australia, go swimming and be killed.”

Mr Nellist served with No. 34 Squadron based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. His shocked parents Mike and Rosemary from Helston, Cornwall declined to comment yesterday.

Experts believe the shark that killed Mr. Nellist during his daily swim was at least 10 feet long and could have mistaken his wetsuit for a seal.

He trained for the swimming competition on Sunday, but it has now been cancelled. Dr Chris Pepin-Neff of the University of Sydney said such shark attacks were incredibly rare, with only 10 or 12 such incidents in 30 years worldwide.

But he added: “Sharks don’t madly bite people thinking we might be their prey.”

Mrs Seeger emphasized: “Simon has always loved the sea.  He has always been very close to it.  He loved the wild and the world.  He had a real love for nature.

Mrs Seeger emphasized: “Simon has always loved the sea. He has always been very close to it. He loved the wild and the world. He had a real love for nature.”

Mr. Nellist’s girlfriend Della Ross described the devastation of the diving community, saying, “Everything to do with Simon is about the ocean.

“This news hit us like a truck because he was one of those who make this Earth easier.”

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