Missing Australian feared victim of shark attack
AP - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
SYDNEY, Australia - Authorities launched a massive search operation Saturday for a missing man police suspect was attacked by a shark while snorkeling in Western Australia.
Brian Guest, 51, was looking for crabs early Saturday morning with his 24-year-old son off a beach in Port Kennedy, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Perth, when he suddenly disappeared.
"It's believed he's been taken by a shark," Western Australia state police Sgt. Greg Lambert said.
Guest's son told police he saw a "commotion" in the water before his father vanished, Lambert said. The young man quickly swam to shore and sounded the alarm.
The beach was immediately closed, and police on jet skis, several marine rescue patrols and at least three helicopters began scouring the waters for the missing father of three.
Searchers have discovered a piece of a wet suit believed to be Guest's in the water, not far from where he vanished, Lambert said. The search was continuing into the evening.
Guest would be the second person killed by a shark in Australia this year. In April, a shark killed a 16-year-old boy who was bodyboarding with a friend off Australia's eastern coast.
Also Saturday, a kayaker fell into the water off a Sydney beach as a great white shark swam just feet away. Video footage of the incident showed nearby fishermen pulling the man into their boat and two other kayakers sidling up to the side of the vessel for safety as the shark circled for several minutes before swimming away.
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