Haunting final photo before tragic attack
A photo of a dad snorkelling while his son played on the beach during a family trip to South Australia was taken just moments before the man 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 the family's trip from New Zealand.
The photo shows the toddler with a yellow spade on the sand and Duncan swimming in the ocean. Little did Mrs Craw know it would be the last picture she would take of her husband and son together.
The family had been camping at Port MacDonnell near the Victorian border last month when Duncan disappeared in the water while his wife and son were playing on the beach.
His remains were later found near the popular tourist spot.
Initially, when search teams recovered a torn wetsuit, they believed Duncan had been attacked by a great white shark that had been spotted in the area. But after further investigation, authorities believe the man actually died suddenly from an undisclosed natural cause before his body was eaten by a shark.
In a statement, the family said the investigation into how he died brought the family comfort.
"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," the statement read.
"It brings us comfort to know that he would have passed away peacefully in the water."
Duncan's family and friends held a memorial to remember the man on Sunday and said they will continue enjoying the outdoors just as he did."
In an interview with 9News, Bret Trigg, the victim's brother-in-law, said the weeks following his brother's death had been "extremely traumatic".
A GoFundMe page named 'Duncan's Legacy for Levi' was created after his death and has raised more than $42,000.
"Levi now knows his daddy is in heaven, and Duncan's family and friends are determined to ensure he will remember how much Duncan loved his little man," the page reads.
"While the love, guidance and presence of a father is irreplaceable, we believe that some additional financial support will help set Levi up for the future."
Originally published as Haunting final photo before tragic attack