Shark attack victims pal saw video 10 times before realising it was his mate
A distraught friend of British expat Simon Nellist, 35, who was killed by a shark in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday has said he watched the video ten times before he realised it was his friend.
In the horrific clip, the end of the great white shark's horrific attack can be seen as it thrashes about in the bloody sea.
Narrating the video, a stunned onlooker says: "Someone just got eaten by a shark! A big great white."
Taking to Twitter, the bereaved man who had worked as a scuba diving instructor with Simon in Thailand, said the incident had left him shocked.
He said: "Saw a video someone shared earlier of a bloke being killed by a shark in Sydney, just found it's my mate/
"Stupidly watched it about 10 times as well, proper shocked.
"Proper bad, he was a good lad."
Reacting to the friend's tragic news, many people rushed to pay their respects to Simon.
One said: "Saw that video, it's awful. So sad for the family and friends to have lost a loved one but to witness it like this is the stuff of nightmares."
Another said: "Horrible news mate sorry about your loss."
Simon had toured Afghanistan with the RAF's 34 Squadron twice before he moved to Australia to pursue a career in scuba diving.
The keen outdoorsman grew up in Penzance , Cornwall and his family have since spoken of their shock that he was killed in the manner he was.
Speaking yesterday (February 17), his aunt Jacqui Seager, 62, said his family couldn't understand it reports the MailOnline.
She said: "It's absolutely horrendous. We are all in shock.
"His mum said how could he return from the frontline unscathed to then go to Australia, go out for a swim and get killed."
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Tragically, Simon was due to marry his girlfriend Jessie Ho this summer after the coronavirus pandemic delayed their wedding.
Since the word of Simon's tragic death has gotten out, shocked members of the armed forces community have began to pay their respects.
Reacting to the news on Facebook, the Forces Bible paid tribute to 'top bloke' Simon and said their 'thoughts are with his fiancée, family and friends during this terrible time.'
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