Simon Baccanello Wiki – Simon Baccanello Biography
Simon Baccanello, 46, a revered schoolteacher who was thought to have died after being mauled by a shark off a popular beach has been identified.
On Saturday morning, emergency personnel went to Elliston, on South Australia’s west coast, following reports of a shark attack at Walkers Rock. An intensive search for the individual believed to have been slain in the incident was begun. On Saturday night, his body had not yet been discovered. The individual has already been identified as Elliston Area School teacher Simon Baccanello who started in January. He’s just been a fantastic teacher for the kids,’ an astonished Adelaide Advertiser reader said. ‘In a little town like this, it affects everyone.’
Friends who are heartbroken have taken to social media to pay tribute to Mr. Baccanello. RIP my brother, taken far too soon and one of the kindest individuals I’ve ever met,’ one friend wrote on Facebook.
One woman said, ‘He was one of a kind and had a heart of gold.’ It is South Australia’s first deadly shark attack since 2014.
Simon Baccanello was 46 years old.
Shark attack in South Australia: Simon Baccanello Death
A 13-year-old child was among those in the water who witnessed the heinous incident. It was such an upsetting incident. There were around 15 or 20 individuals there today. ‘It could have been anyone,’ said Jaiden Millar. He noticed the teacher’s surfboard ‘tombstoning’ about 500 meters offshore. He had vanished. (We) noticed the shark thrashing around in the back. The shark has obviously let go and returned to get him a third time,’ Mr. Millar stated
The South Australian Ambulance Service told NCA NewsWire that staff were on standby on the beach while SA Police conducted the search. Helicopters and boats continue to search the waters of the Eyre Peninsula near Elliston. SAPOL said that the search was still ongoing, with members of the community and the SES assisting.
Officer in Charge of Eyre and Western Local Service Area, Superintendent Paul Bahr, thanked the local community for their assistance during the search. ‘It’s not easy when a local is involved, but we applaud their strength and desire to help,’ Superintendent Bahr said. With the support of local emergency services and other resources, we will continue to search.’ Elliston is roughly 650 km from Adelaide and is popular with tourists due to its beautiful beaches.