Swimmer eaten by great white shark in front of witnesses after horror mauling

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A swimmer has died in Sydney after a shark attack left them with "catastrophic injuries" according to local authorities.

According to witnesses, the swimmer was attacked by a massive 4.5 meter great white shark who swallowed parts of the swimmer's body after it had ripped him in two.

In a gruesome video, a fisherman can be heard describing the awful scene.

They said: "'Someone just got eaten by a shark. Oh man! Oh no! That's insane. That's a great white shark.

"I just saw a four to five metre great white explode on the surface right here on a swimmer and it was like a car landing in the water.

"F*** man, I heard a scream and the shark was just chomping on his body and the body was in half here just off the rocks.'

"It came back and swallowed parts of his body and that was it."

Another fisherman speaking to Australian news channel Nine News said there was 'blood everywhere'.

They said: "Some guy was swimming and a shark came and attacked him vertically.

"We heard a yell and turned around it looked like a car had landed in the water, a big splash then the shark was chomping at the body and there was blood everywhere."

The shocking incident is the first deadly attack in the area since 1963.

It happened in front of a packed beach that could only watch in horror from the shore as the swimmer was quickly devoured by the shark.

Following the attack, the creature left the scene and has not been seen since.

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The swimmer, who has not been named, was in the water off Little Bay Beach, Sydney when the attack took place shortly after 4:35pm (February 16).

New South Wales Police said: "Officers attached to Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, with assistance from the Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW, attended and located human remains in the water."

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately this patient had suffered catastrophic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do."

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