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Two Shark Attacks on Divers

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Just a few minutes after entering the water, Gary Johnson, 57, was mauled to death by a great white shark on January 5, off the southern coast of Western Australia, near Esperance. His wife, Karen Milligan, witnessed the awful moment as he was dragged away. Only his tank, BC, and fins have been recovered. We'll never know if a Shark Shield he was wearing really worked as a protection against sharks, because he hadn't switched his on.

The search for his body was called off after three sharks were spotted in a feeding frenzy devouring the remains of a different man, later identified as that of missing soccer player 21-year-old Eric Birighitti. (Australian papers report he was swept out to sea on January 2 after slipping on some rocks.)...


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