Remains believed those of shark victim

April 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM
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PERTH, Australia, April 6 (UPI) -- Human remains spotted Friday morning on a beach on the west coast of Australia are believed to be those of a diver killed in a shark attack, authorities said.

Peter Kurmann, 33, was attacked Saturday in Geographe Bay. The remains reported Friday were on Preston Beach nearby, PerthNow reported.

Sgt. Gerry Cassidy, a police spokesman, said the remains would not be positively identified until next week after a forensic examination in a Perth laboratory.

Kurmann was diving with his brother, who escaped without injury. He is believed to have been attacked by a 12-foot great white shark.

Kurmann's wife, Debra, a member of the local council in Busselton, called him "an amazing father and husband" in a death notice. The couple have two young sons.

Two people were killed in September and October in shark attacks in Western Australia, and a third disappeared while swimming in what is believed to be another fatality, authorities said.

Kurmann was the first person to die in a shark attack in the area in 2012.

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