Swimmer may have been attacked by two sharks at once off Western Australia coast
Remains have not been found, but group of teen boys called ‘heroes’ for warning others in the water
A British father of two was killed while swimming in Australia on Saturday morning when he was attacked by at least one, but possibly two, sharks. Paul Millachip, 57, who lived in Perth in Western Australia after moving from London, is believed to have been attacked by a 4.5-metre-long great white shark, the Telegraph reports. Bystanders said it looked like he may also have been attacked by a tiger shark, but that remains unconfirmed.
Millachip, a six-time Ironman triathlete who was at Port Beach in the suburbs of Perth two or three times a week, was there on Saturday with his two adult children and his wife, who was in the change rooms when the attack took place. Police and surf rescue personnel responded to reports of a “serious shark bite incident” at around 10 a.m local time.
The search was called off Sunday afternoon after only a pair of goggles were found. They are being tested. The beach was closed after the attack, but reopened Monday.
“He died what he enjoyed doing the most,” his wife says, per CNN .
CNN affiliate 9News said the attack was witnessed by four teenage boys who tried to help Millachip, then warned other swimmers to get out of the water.
Bodyboarder Kaiden Bault was near a breakwater when he saw a boat coming straight at him and his friend, with the teens telling them to get out of the water as there had been a shark attack.
“So I ran out of the water and onto the rocks and I looked over and there was a shark in the middle of the water … you could see the fins popping out,” he told ABC.net .
Millachip’s wife thanked the teenagers for their actions.
“Special mention to those young lads in the boat for what they did, in what must have been an absolutely terrifying experience for them,” she said. “My heart goes out to them.”
Authorities told ABC.net the teenagers were in a dinghy near where Millachip was swimming and are heroes for their reaction. “They have been really, really helpful. They have done a great job of alerting other people on the beach and other swimmers,” one acting inspector said.