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The Australian seaside city of Sydney has reopened several of its beaches. This comes after a swimmer was killed in a shark attack and most of the city’s beaches were closed.

Simon Nellist, a 35-year-old British diving instructor, has been identified as the victim killed by the giant great white shark.

According to local authorities, this was the first fatal shark attack in the area in almost 60 years. Fishermen and golfers on nearby cliffs watched helplessly as the shark attacked Nellist off Sydney’s Little Bay Beach.

The attack was later described by emergency response units as ‘catastrophic’.

A video shared online showed a shark attacking a person on Wednesday afternoon off Little Bay beach, about 20 kilometres south of Australia’s largest city and near the entrance to Botany Bay, reports Sowetan Live.

In an effort to find the shark, drum lines have been set up near where the attack took place. Local authorities have also deployed drones to assist in their effort to find the shark which is believed to be at least 3 metres in length.

No shark has been sighted and authorities opened the beaches again.

Image credit: Sportskeeda

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