As Chris Boyd is remembered, a paddle out is planned
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 November, 2013 - In wake of the fatal shark attack of 35-year-old Chris Boyd, the WA Department of Fisheries has spent the past few days searching the area for sharks, including the one responsible for killing Boyd
Mr Boyd, a father of two, was surfing at the popular surf break Umbies, off Gracetown, when the shark bounced off another surfer's board and attacked him. The doctor who was at the scene of Saturday's shark attack has described the victim, popular surfer and father-of-two Chris Boyd, as "a legend" whose family wanted him to be remembered for his life.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Boyd's family, anaesthetist Dennis Millard said the 35-year-old was "an absolute water man, a warrior in the ocean.. He'd catch crays, go surfing, go spearfishing," Dr Millard said. "I never knew him before the incident but from all of his friends and family around he was obviously a true legend and a really good member of the community."
Shark Cull Debate Reignites
The debate on whether to cull sharks in Western Australia has been reignited. Beaches in the area of the attack remain closed today as government officers try to catch the animal. Chris Boyd's death has some local surfers calling for large sharks to be killed to prevent future attacks.
A 'paddle out' will be organised to honour the life of the Sunshine Coast father of two.