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Shark attack on Port Beach: Teens warn swimmers to get out of water after Paul Millachip was mauled

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A group of brave teenagers armed with two small boats have been praised for their heroic actions after a swimmer was mauled by a great white shark.

British father Paul Millachip, 57, was swimming on Port Beach in North Fremantle, Western Australia, when he was mauled by a 14 ft great white shark on Saturday.

Nearby were friends Ewan Sayers, Lawson Thomas, Hayden Sharpe and Tahj, who had taken their small boats onto the water when a surfer sounded the alarm on the shore.

Four teenagers Lawson Thomas, Tajh, Hayden Sharpe and Ewan Sayers have described the moment they tried to get swimmers out of the water after a shark attack on Port Beach, WA,

Paul Millachip and his wife (pictured) were at Port Beach in North Fremantle when Mr Millachip was attacked by a shark

Paul Millachip and his wife (pictured) were at Port Beach in North Fremantle when Mr Millachip was attacked by a shark

“We just didn’t know what it was at the time and we were like, ‘oh what’s that?’,” Ewan told The West Australian.

“We looked back and saw him running across the beach and yelling at us.”

The boys were confused and thought the man was frantically telling them they were speeding, before realizing that he was informing them of the shark’s attack.

“He led us to where the attack was,” Tahj added.

The teens were 200 yards from the shark and Mr. Millachip. When they realized what was going on, the boys quickly sprang into action.

Realizing that the water was full of swimmers, including a group of Surf Lifesaving small pincers, the boys said to get as many people out of the water as possible.

Immediately Lawson rushed towards Sandtrax – a popular surf spot – yelling at everyone to get out of the water before heading for the dog beach.

Ms Millachip said her husband (pictured) was a regular swimmer who had competed in six Iron Man competitions, along with triathlons and marathons

Ms Millachip said her husband (pictured) was a regular swimmer who had competed in six Iron Man competitions, along with triathlons and marathons

Marine police coordinated a search at sea for the victim, who was reported to have been attacked 30 meters offshore

Marine police coordinated a search at sea for the victim, who was reported to have been attacked 30 meters offshore

Tahj called out three times as the other boys, fueled by terror, tried to pull Mr Millachip out of the water.

The boys are acclaimed heroes and were commended by Mr Millachip’s wife – who watched the horrors happen from the shore – for their actions.

“We just did what we had to do,” Tahj said.

“Most people would have acted in the same situation.”

On Sunday, Ms Millachip said she was grateful to the group of boys after seeing the ordeal from the shore.

“It must have been an absolutely terrifying experience for them, so my heart goes out to them,” she said, her voice trembling.

“I thank them for what they’ve done.

‘Astonishing. They might have saved other lives.”

A search (pictured) has been launched for the 57-year-old swimmer who was mauled by a shark in North Fremantle on Saturday.

A search (pictured) has been launched for the 57-year-old swimmer who was mauled by a shark in North Fremantle on Saturday.

The British father of two is believed to have been taken by a 4.5m long shark while swimming in the water.

Perth Police are now investigating whether Mr Millachip was also attacked by a tiger shark before being pulled under.

While great white sharks may be the most recognizable shark species in the world, tiger sharks are known to be one of the most dangerous and likely to attack humans.

Tiger sharks can be found in the warm waters all around the north Australia, extending south to Perth in the west and Bass Strait in the east.

Although New South Wales is Australia’s hotspot for shark attacks, they are drawn to the west coast at this time of year for the pink snapper turtle spawning season.

A search has been underway at Port Beach since Saturday, but all that has been recovered are swimming goggles.

Mr Millachip’s wife – who declined to be named – said her husband died doing what he loved, which was enjoying the surf and keeping fit.

“Rest in peace Paul,” she said.

She paid tribute to her husband, calling him a wonderful husband and father to their grown children, according to the Sun.

On Saturday mornings, Mr. Millachip regularly swam on the beach.

“We went to the beach two or three times a week – we went for a run and then a swim,” his wife said.

“He was supposed to swim 1km on Saturday – I just went in and out of the water because it was cold and I’m not a big fan of the cold water.”

Municipalities have closed Port Beach and all beaches from Leighton Dog Beach to Sand Tracks Beach on weekends

Municipalities have closed Port Beach and all beaches from Leighton Dog Beach to Sand Tracks Beach on weekends

Mr Millachip was a regular at the popular beach and his wife and two adult children were there at the time of the attack.

“I was… where the changing rooms are,” she said.

Mr. Millachip loved cycling and was an accomplished swimmer who competed in triathlons and marathons.

“He had done six Iron Men competitions at Busselton, so he was fit and healthy.”

Police confirmed that the extensive search at sea for the father of two children would be suspended on Sunday afternoon.

‘A family mourns now, a man has lost his life. It is a terribly sad situation,” WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan said earlier on Sunday.

All beaches in the area will remain closed until at least Monday.

The attack took place at 10 a.m. (local time) on Saturday in Port Beach, 10 miles southwest of Perth . city center

The attack took place at 10 a.m. (local time) on Saturday in Port Beach, 10 miles southwest of Perth . city center

Experts have since warned that there is likely to be a large shark lurking near “most popular beaches” most of the time.

The latest incident follows warnings that shark attacks are increasing.

In the 1990s, there were 82 recorded shark attacks in Australia, rising to 161 in the following decade.

From 2010 to 2020 there were 220 and in 2021 there have been 18 attacks, two of which have been confirmed as deadly.

Bond’s University researcher Dr Daryl McPhee said the increase in attacks worldwide was due to a number of factors, including more people doing aquatic activities in more remote locations, as well as warmer oceans forcing sharks and their food supplies to different areas. .

A 57-year-old has been missing since Saturday after a suspected great white shark attacked him 30 meters off Port Beach

A 57-year-old has been missing since Saturday after a suspected great white shark attacked him 30 meters off Port Beach

“There is a long-term trend of an increasing number of shark bites in Australia and overseas,” Dr. McPhee to The Project.

“Sharks are part of the marine environment and if we could track where each shark is located, you would find a large shark on the most popular beaches most days of the year.”

“So we have to find ways to coexist.”

Professor Callum Brown of Macquarie University said that despite the increase in shark attacks, they are still exceptionally rare.

He added that old-fashioned methods of shark control, such as nets, drum lines and culls, were being replaced by newer methods that may be more accurate.

One such method is to deploy drones that scan the water and send images to an artificial intelligence computer that can accurately spot sharks.

There are also personal deterrents that work by emitting an electrical pulse, but they must be used within a few feet of a shark to be effective.

And finally, there are camouflage wetsuit and surfboard decals that can keep surfers from looking like seals to hungry sharks.

“Our fear is real, it’s driven by guts. Not really based on data or any kind of realistic estimate of what the true risk is. You should be more afraid to get in your car.’ he said.

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