Simon Nellist: Shark attack victim's family pay tribute to wonderful son with 'rare gift'


Simon Nellist died in the attack on Wednesday off Little Bay in Syndey. It was the first fatal attack in Sydney for 60 years.

The 35-year-old diving instructor grew up in the west Cornwall village of Ludgvan before emigrating.

In a statement, his family released a tribute calling him a “wonderful human being” and “very talented photographer”.

They added: “Simon was a gentle, kind and wonderful human being. He was a cherished fiancée, son, brother, uncle and friend.

“Simon was funny, compassionate and always had time for people. He had a rare gift of instantly being able to connect with others, gaining their trust and respect.”

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“We heard a yell and turned around, it looked like a car had landed in the water, a big splash then the shark.”



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