Surfer attacked by shark receives tributes as a ‘Gem of a bloke’

Surfer attacked by shark receives tributes as a 'Gem of a bloke'

Beloved South Australian School Teacher Remembered After Shark Attack

The tragic death of Simon Baccanello, a 46-year-old school teacher who was attacked by a shark off the coast of Elliston, South Australia, has left the community in shock. Baccanello, who had only recently moved to the area to teach at the local school, was surfing with a group of around a dozen people, including children, when the attack occurred on Saturday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and a major search began, but unfortunately, Baccanello’s body has not yet been found. The search resumed on Sunday, with efforts focused on the beach areas near where the attack took place.

Baccanello was remembered by his colleagues and former students as a kind, caring, and inspiring teacher. The Elliston Area School principal, Chad Fleming, described him as an “absolute gem of a bloke” and an “absolutely dedicated teacher.” Johanna Brody, who had been taught by Baccanello at a school in Indonesia, said he was one of the most inspiring teachers she had ever met.

The community has rallied around Baccanello’s family, offering support and condolences. His surfboard and part of his wetsuit have been recovered, but the search for his body continues.

The Bight, where the attack occurred, is known for its shark population, including great whites. The tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of being aware of the risks when enjoying water activities in areas known to be frequented by sharks.


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