A father-to-be was killed in a shark attack while surfing just hours after kissing his pregnant wife’s bump and saying goodbye.
Tim Thompson, 31, took his board out in Coffs Harbour – about half way between Brisbane and Sydney – on Sunday morning, which was Father’s Day in Australia.
He was heard shouting for help from other people in the water when he was attacked by the great white at 10.30am.
His wife Katie, who is expecting their child in the New Year, revealed that before he left he told her and their unborn child ‘I love you two’.
She said: ‘To say I’m heartbroken would be an understatement. I’m just waiting for someone to tell me this isn’t real.
‘My heart aches for our baby who will never get to meet you. You would have been the best daddy.
‘I promise to tell our baby everyday how amazing their daddy was, how you never spoke a bad word about anybody, how kind and caring you were and most importantly how much you loved that little bubba growing in my tummy.
‘The last thing Tim said to me before he walked out that door for the last time was “I love you two”. He kissed me and my tummy goodbye.
‘Life can be tragic and unfair, but I take some comfort knowing how loved Tim was by everyone, the time we did have together was amazing and full of adventures.
‘I am incredibly blessed that we met and our love story gets to live on with our baby.’
A witness to the attack: ‘I was out in the surf and I heard screaming. I paddled further out to the water and saw a man without an arm, there was lots of blood.
‘He was shouting “Help me, help me”. People were trying to get him out to shore, it didn’t look good. I thought to myself then, this is probably fatal.
‘A couple of guys on the beach started CPR until paramedics arrived and took over. They worked on him for about an hour and a half on the shore trying to resuscitate him.’
More than £78,000 has been donated to support his widow Katie ahead of the arrival of their baby and Tim’s funeral costs.
Fundraiser organisers Bronte Graham and Lauren Wall wrote: ‘Tim was the most kind, generous and lovable man who loved the ocean and surfing but most of all his family.
‘We are all so devastated that such a tragedy could happen to this beautiful family who had everything to look forward to.’
Tim was the 10th person to die from shark attacks in Australia since the beginning of 2020. There were no deaths in 2019 and only one in each of the two previous years.
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