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British swimmer killed in Australia great white shark attack ‘died doing what he enjoyed’

A British father who was killed off the coast of western Australia after reportedly being attacked by a 14ft great white shark “died doing what he enjoyed”, his wife has said.

Paul Millachip, 57, was attacked while swimming at Port Beach, North Fremantle, on Saturday. Horrified onlookers said it appeared he had also been attacked by a tiger shark.

“Rest in peace, Paul. He died [doing] what he enjoyed doing the most, which was exercising,” said his wife, who did not want to be named. “It came out of the blue. But it did happen, you just have to deal with it.”

Police on Sunday called off their search for Mr Millachip’s body after finding only a pair of goggles. They are believed to have belonged to him and have been sent for testing. 

Mr Millachip, originally from Willesden in north-west London, later settled in Perth, according to the Daily Mail.

His wife said he was a “lovely man” and “great father”. She added that he was a strong swimmer who had competed six times in the physically tough Ironman triathlon.

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