Brit dad killed in great white attack may have been mauled by two sharks at once

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A Brit dad who was killed in a horrifying shark attack may have been bitten by more than one of the ocean beasts while swimming in Australia.

Paul Millachip was mauled to death after being dragged underwater, reportedly by a 14ft great white shark, while swimming close to Port Beach in Fremantle.

According to ABC News, police are investigating the incident after witnesses reported the involvement of both a great white and a tiger shark.

The police are currently unable to confirm whether or not two sharks were indeed involved in the dad's death on Saturday morning.

At a press conference, his wife Thirl Millachip, 59, paid tribute to her husband of 35 years and hailed him “a lovely man”.

As reported by, she said: “He was a wonderful man, a wonderful father, and he loved his exercise.

“It came out of the blue but it did happen – we just have to deal with it.”

Mr Millachip had been enjoying a regular swim in the sea and was reportedly 50 yards out to see when he was attacked.

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Local patrols said the shark had been spotted in the water in the hours leading up to the attack.

Around five Water Police and Sea Rescue boats were scouring the area in search of Mr Miliachip, as well as two helicopters.

Only a pair of his goggles has been found following the incident.

A group of teenage boys rushed into the water in their dinghy to warn others after they saw what happened to Mr Millachip.

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Acting Inspector Troy Douglas praised the efforts of the boys to help evacuate swimmers and emergency services.

Speaking to ABC, Acting Inspector Douglas said “The boys were in a dinghy nearby. They witnessed the attack and provided police with information on what they saw and heard.

"I think it's a fantastic effort — it was probably something you don't want to see."

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The police have now ended their search following a thorough investigation of the area,

Acting Inspector Douglas said the only way the search would resume if anything was to be “washed up” or found.

According to, Australia has so far seen 16 shark attacks this year, prior to the fatal attack on Mr Millachip, with nine in Western Australia alone.

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