A hungry great white shark jumped out of the water and ate a high school teacher alive as he fished with friends.

Sam Kellett, 28, was spear fishing with friends off the Yorke Peninsula coastline in south Australia when he was fatally attacked .Mr Kellett’s friends said they did not see the attack but saw a huge pool of red blood where Sam had been.


In a statement, witness Aaron Whitaker said he was swimming on the surface when he heard his friend Wyatt Raymount yell out to him.

Sam Kellett
Sam Kellett

He said: I turned around [and] saw the tail of a shark come out of the water and it was thrashing around.I put my face under the water to see the shark but I could not see it.All of a sudden a white pointer shark came out the murky water vertically towards the surface just behind me and almost launched itself out of the water.”

Mr Whitaker said poor visibility meant he could not clearly see what the shark had grabbed but saw a lot of blood in the water near Mr Kellett’s boat.

Witness Mr Raymount added that he looked under the water and saw a shark, which he assumed had taken Mr Kellett.

“I did not see Sam, however it was in the exact position I had last seen Sam,” he told the inquest.

“It was thrashing and moving around a bit. I saw the shark vertical with its tail towards the bottom and its head near the surface.”

Fellow witness Nicholas Carson said he was about 25m from Mr Kellett when he saw a thrashing shark tail with the surrounding water blood red.

He said: “I was directly behind the shark so I saw the whole body jump out of the water and I think the shark was about 5m long and it was a dark grey colour.It looked like a great white shark. It happened so fast.”

Police divers were unable to find Mr Kellett’s body but recovered two lead weights and his spear gun, which had “discernible serrated incisions” consistent with white shark teeth impressions, the inquest heard.

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