Surfer dad killed in brutal shark attack ‘had a heart as deep as the ocean’

The heartbroken daughter of an Aussie surfer has paid tribute to her father after he was killed in a shark attack.

Mark Sanguinetti, 59, from Sydney, Australia, was fatally bitten on the thigh by the 14ft predator as he heroically warned his surfing buddies of the danger.

In a touching tribute, one of his daughters wrote: "We all knew him as a legend with a heart as vast and deep as the ocean, which was the first of his many loves."

She also invited surfers to a ceremonial "paddle out" to remember her father on Palm Beach on May 24 at 4:30 pm.

Sanguinetti's final moments were seen by one witness, Daryl, who described what happened to 7News on Tuesday morning.

Speaking to the broadcaster, he said: "The shark came out of the water, just smashed him, five seconds later he came round and hit him again."

Sanguinetti is believed to have been on a trip to Tuncurry Beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast to enjoy the waves.

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New South Wales Police Superintendent, Chris Schilt said: "It’s believed that when the attack occurred the man did actually see the shark and called out to try to warn others and very heroically his friends were able to bring him back into shore after he had been attacked."

The surfer was dragged back to shore by his three friends and stretchered from the beach by paramedics at around 11 am on Tuesday morning (May 18).

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But he later went into cardiac arrest and passed away due to significant blood loss.

His surfboard was damaged as the shark struck, which will be forensically examined to help confirm the type of shark it was.

The incident is Australia's first confirmed fatal shark attack of 2021.

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