Family’s horror as 7ft shark spotted in river as wife and daughter swim nearby


A family have told of their terror after spotting a 7ft shark in a river as they swam in the water nearby.

Andrew English was with his family for a day out at Port Hacking river in Sydney, Australia, when he spotted the creature lurking in the shallows.

In footage captured by Andrew, the shark can be seen swimming on the water’s edge as it splashes water while chasing prey.

Andrew said he was initially worried about his wife and four-year-old child who were swimming by, but said the shark seemed disinterested in them, reports 9News.

He said: “I took the family out a swim, my wife and daughter were swimming in shallows when we spotted it.

“It looked like it was about seven foot long.”

“It looked like it was just chasing baitfish and it wasn’t interested in us but we got out of the water pretty quick.”

Andrew’s encounter comes after a haunting final picture captured a dad snorkelling in the sea near his son moments before he died and was eaten by a shark.

Taylia Craw took a picture of her two-year-old son Levi with his dad Duncan, 32, in the background, during a family trip in South Australia.

The photo shows Levi playing with a yellow spade on the sand and his dad Duncan swimming in the ocean.

It was the last time the boy was pictured with his dad.

The family, from Victoria, had been camping at Port MacDonnell last month when Duncan disappeared in the water.

His remains were later found near the popular tourist spot.

When his torn wetsuit was discovered they first believed that he had been the victim of a shark attack – but further investigations led authorities to believe Duncan died suddenly from an undisclosed natural cause before his body was eaten by a shark.

The family said in a statement: “While we may never know for sure, based on the evidence we do have, we now believe it is most likely Duncan suffered a medical episode long before the arrival of the shark.

“It brings us comfort to know that he would have passed away peacefully in the water.”