Tragic shark attack Brit wouldn’t want beast destroyed, heartbroken aunt claims

The family of a British RAF veteran who was killed by a shark just 500ft from horrified beachgoers near Sydney insist he wouldn't want the animal to be destroyed.

Simon Nellist, 35, was killed in a horrifying shark attack off the coast of Australia on Wednesday, February 16th.

An onlooker who recorded the incident can be heard saying: "Someone just got eaten by a shark," and that the shark was a "Big great white, that's a great white," with a group of fisherman near the scene saying they saw the whole incident.

His aunt Jacqui Seager, 62, told the Daily Mail: "I don't think Simon would want the shark to be killed. He loved nature.

"He swam with sharks before. This isn't the first time he's gone out and seen them but he would still go out swimming. That's brave.

"I don't think he ever thought they would hurt him. Sadly, this time it managed to get to him.

"It's absolutely horrendous. We are all in shock."

Photographer Mrs Seager, of Maidstone, Kent, added: "He swam most days. This is just a freak accident. It shows you can't take life for granted."

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Mr Nellist, who grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, was due to marry his fiancée Jessie Ho in the summer.

Mother-of-three Mrs Seager said: 'He told his mum he was going to travel to Australia and that was that. He loved it so much that he stayed.

"He met his girlfriend Jessie out there. They're around the same age and instantly hit it off. They've been together for years.

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'She is totally in bits, as are his parents. I spoke to them last night and they are beyond belief. They will never get through this – ever – as this is something you keep with you for life. I just feel so sorry for them.

"They are planning to get out there as soon as they can but need to sort visas out.

"Everyone was going to fly out there to see him get married in June or July but sadly it is now in much sadder circumstances."

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