A veteran diver’s last wish has been granted with tragic irony after he is killed in a brutal shark attack.
Randy Fry was scuba diving with his close friend Cliff Zimmerman when his life ended off the coast of Fort Bragg, California.
Zimmerman recalled seeing a fin between him and Fry before hearing the shark attack. The Mirror USA reports.
The fisherman said, “I heard a sound like ‘whoosh’, like a submarine, like a boat going by fast. It was a shark. He came to kill. It was over in five seconds.”
Fry’s body was found in tatters, his head brutally ripped from his body.
The Northern California Skin Diver’s Club (NCSDC) later revealed his tragic last wish in an obituary.
Jim Martin, a friend and NCSDC member, wrote: “Randy had told Cliff many times, ‘If he had to walk, he wanted to get in the water.’
The shark was identified as a great white shark estimated to be about 18 feet long, marking the 10th foot deadly attack ever recorded in the area.
Fry and Zimmerman had been in the water in search of abalone after fishing for fish earlier in the day.
According to experts and witnesses, the shark struck Randy in just 15 feet of water with an instant fatal blow and eventually decapitated the diver.
Overshadowed by sheer cliffs, in an area accessible to humans only by boat, it’s likely the shark mistook Randy for a meal.
Great white sharks often use decapitation as a method of hunting their main food source: seals.
After the attack, his dive buddy swam back to the boat and was pulled aboard by lookout Red Bartley on her boat.
Bartley spoken On his take on the attack: “When I saw the pool of blood spread across the surface of the water, I knew Randy was gone.”
“It was over in five seconds.”
When Fry could not be found despite the pool of blood in the water, the two men on the boat called out an emergency on VHF radio.
His body was found on Monday and pulled from the water.
The NCSDC has established one memorial fund through leisure
Fishing Alliance, to which all men belonged, the Randy Fry Memorial Fund.