A pair of goggles was the only thing found after a Brit dad was killed by a “mammoth” great white shark in front of his horrified family.

Paul Millachip, 57, was in the sea off Western Australia when he was dragged underwater by a 14ft great white.

Paul Millachip was described as a 'wonderful man' by his wife Thirl

The dad had been out enjoying his regular morning swim when he was attacked.

The goggles are due to be tested, The Times reports.

One witness said he could only watch in horror as Mr Millachip was dragged under the surface.

“I saw the man struggling in the water and then there was a commotion with a tiny [metal dinghy] coming over surrounding the guy and that was the last they saw of him,” he told a local news outlet.

“It was big and it looked like a [great] white. After the attack, we saw it swing out of the water with its fin. He was a big one.”

His wife, Thirl Millachip, described the dad-of-two as a “wonderful man” and “a wonderful father”.

According to 9News, a large shark was reportedly seen in the water prior to Mr Millachip being killed.

But Mrs Millachip, 59, said the attack off Port Beach in Fremantle “came out of the blue”, news.com.au reports.

Mr Millachip was a regular at the popular beach, and his two adult children were also there at the time of the attack.

His wife said a group of teenage boys who saw what was happening rushed into the sea to warn other swimmers about the danger.

“Rest in peace Paul,” she said, holding back tears while speaking to the media.

“He died doing what he enjoyed doing the most, which was exercising.”

Emergency services were called to Port Beach just after 10am on Saturday after reports of the attack on Mr Millachip.

It was witnessed by several people including four teenage boys who raced along the shoreline in their dinghy to warn others.

“It must have been an absolutely terrifying experience for them, so my heart goes out to them,” Mrs Millachip said as her voice wavered.

“I thank them for what they did. Amazing. They could potentially have saved other lives.”

One of the teenagers said: “I didn’t see exactly what type the shark was, but it was mammoth.

“From the fin to the rear tail was a pretty big distance.”


The couple were originally from the UK. Other members of their family are unable to travel to support them during the tragedy because of border restrictions, she said.

Mrs Millachip said her partner of 35 years was superfit and did triathlons and marathons.

“We had been going down to the beach two or three times a week – we would go running first and then go swimming,” she said.

“He was due to swim for 1km on Saturday – I just went into the water and out again because it was cold and I’m not a huge fan of the cold water.

“He was a wonderful man, a wonderful father, and he loved his exercise.”

An air and sea search was scaled back after dark on Saturday and resumed at first light on Sunday, but by 3.30pm had been called off.

Mark McGowan, the state premier, said: “A family is now grieving, a man has lost his life. It’s a terribly sad situation.”

WA Police Inspector Troy Douglas said the search had been thorough and would only resume if there was “reason”.


“Inquiries will continue based on anything washed up or anything found,” he said.

He praised the teenagers for the “fantastic effort” during what was a “traumatic scene”.

The number of shark attacks has dramatically risen in recent years.

A researcher at Bond University in Queensland said the reasoning behind this climb was due to more people taking part in sea-based activities and warmer oceans forcing sharks to hunt for food in different areas.

“There is a long-term trend of an increasing number of shark bites in Australia and overseas,” Dr Daryl McPhee told The Times.

“Sharks are part of the marine environment and if we could track where every shark was you would find there would be a large shark on most popular beaches most days of the year.

“So we need to find ways to co-exist.”