Dad killed in ‘shark attack’ after going snorkelling as great white seen in area

A dad was killed in a suspected shark attack while he snorkelled on a family camping holiday.

Duncan Craw, 32, disappeared from view in the waters off Port MacDonnell in southern Australia on Friday, January 22.

Mr Craw, from the city of Warrnambool, had been on a trip with wife Taylia and their three-year-old son Levi.

Emergency services launched a search and came across his damaged wetsuit and flippers.

A police spokesperson said: “Tragically, police suspect the Victorian man has been the victim of a shark attack, after PolAir spotted a shark in the area yesterday afternoon.”

His heartbroken family added in a statement: “It's impossible to fully explain the hole this will leave behind in the lives of all the relatives and friends who love Duncan.

“We wish this was all a bad dream.

“He was a cheerful, loving, helpful son. He was a kind and cheeky brother to his sisters. He was a fun-loving, mischievous and supportive mate who had a heart of gold.

“We will never forget Duncan and we will make sure his memory lives on.”

Helicopters, drones and water crews have not yet located his body.

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Two sharks, including one great white, were seen in the area around the time he disappeared, according to Limestone Coast police operations manager Inspector Campbell Hill.

The family added: “Duncan loved snorkelling and accepted the dangers he may face in the ocean. He was extremely unlucky this time.

“On behalf of all Duncan's family we thank all the search and rescue crews, and all the selfless volunteers, for their tireless efforts – and for the care shown by everyone who has offered their help during this awful time.”

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Mr Craw worked at an agriculture company as an operations manager, Daily Mail Australia reports.

He also played cricket for the Woolsthorpe Club.

Its president Jason Willie paid tribute, posting on Facebook: “Duncan's spirit and personality made him a popular and unforgettable member of the club and community.

“We are devastated by the news.”

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