Man killed by shark off Tasmania coast

  • 25/07/2015
White pointer shark (iStock)
White pointer shark (iStock)

A man reportedly diving for scallops with his daughter has been killed this morning by a shark off the coast of Tasmania.

The man was attacked at Lachland Point off Maria Island, about eight meters off the coast of Tasmania.

The man's daughter saw the incident and swam to the surface before letting off a flare to get the attention of other boats nearby.

There had been reports on Friday of sightings of a 4.57 metre (15 foot) white pointer shark.

Sharks are attracted to the area because of a seal colony at IIe Phoques, but are not common, according to Maria Island senior ranger Peter Lingard.

Police advise boat owners and divers to stay out of the water.

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