September 06, 2011 1:27AM
POLICE have praised the surfer who braved shark infested waters to
drag his mate’s body ashore.
Yesterday 21-year-old bodyboarder, Kyle James Burden, was bitten in half and
instantly killed by a suspected great white at a West Australian surf break.
Friend Sollee Morris and another surfer risked their own lives to drag Mr
Burden back to shore after the attack.
Officer Sergeant Craig Anderson said Mr Morris showed exceptional bravery and
a cool head during the attack.
“You’ve got to take your hat off to the young fellow who was surfing with him
and his mate for bringing him ashore,” he said.
“The nature of his injuries was significant, it’s not something that even
volunteer rescuers or emergency services like to see, even my own staff, so it’s
just something so you have to deal with as a police officer and do the job you
have to do.”
Mr Morris’ grandmother Gwendalyn Wallace posted about the incident on
“RIP Kyle; young man taken by shark at Bunker Bay, to my very brave grandson
Sollee Morris for going out and bringing his body to shore, I am so proud of you
Sol, thinking of you,” she wrote.
The attack occured while Mr Burden was bodyboarding with five friends at
around 1pm (local time) yesterday at Bunker Bay, about 300km south of Perth.
Dunsborough Police said Kyle James Burden died at the scene after the shark
bit a large part of his lower body.
Mr Burden’s mother was flying to WA from Queensland today.
He had had been living in the Dunsborough area for the past four years.
Surfers had seen several great whites in the area recently, which had
possibly been lured by pods of whales passing Cape Naturaliste. A colony of
seals also lives about 800m from the surf spot.
Police initially held back from releasing Mr Burden’s name while they were
trying to contact his next of kin. They said he also had a girlfriend.
He had been in the water with a friend and three other surfers when the shark
struck at about 1pm. “Out of nowhere it would appear the young fella was taken,”
Sergeant Anderson said.
There was no hope
Witnesses on the beach said there were a number of people on the beach
screaming in panic.
“They pulled him out of the water and there was a lot of blood on the beach,”
one woman, who didn’t want to be named, said.
“There was just no hope, he was cut in half.”
A local woman, who did not want to be named, was walking down the beach with
her husband and two children when they saw two surfers running towards them.
They were screaming at other surfers to get out of the water. “They said he was
cut in half and there was just no hope, that he was already dead,” the woman
Shark Attack Map
“And even up the beach you could see red, but we don’t know if it was his
surf board or blood. These guys were in shock as well. They handled it really
well, they were just getting everyone else out of the water.”
Sergeant Anderson praised the deceased man’s friend for his bravery. “I spoke
to his mum this afternoon, so she’s aware that her son was quite heroic in his
“This morning you could have described it as perfect shark conditions; dark
and gloomy waters, overcast skies, light rain falling, whale action early on in
the morning in the bay, seals about.”
Calls for protection
The latest death has led to calls for drum lines to be placed in water to
Surfrider Foundation spokesperson Brad Farmer said the lines, used in
Queensland comprise of a buoy, line and mullet – to avoid catching turtles,
stingrays and sunfish.
“It basically targets large, rogue sharks that cruise the coast,” he said.
“They go for the bait, rather than the surfer.”
“Surfers are in favour of
protection of (shark) species, but we’ve got to have a balance here and clearly
the number of shark attacks in WA is on the increase.”
The man’s body was taken to Busselton hospital, where a post mortem will be
conducted. Surfer Barnaby Mills said there had been a lot of sharks around
“We’ve seen a lot of big sharks lately, we go out on the jet ski and tow-in a
lot,” Mr Mills said.
“We’ve seen great whites, five metres long. Maybe it’s the whales; a local
fisherman told me there were big whales out there this morning. They were
probably following them.”
SHARK ATTACK TIMELINE
Recent fatal shark attacks in Australia:
September 4, 2011: Man in his 20s killed while bodyboarding
with friends at Bunker Bay, near Dunsborough, in Western Australia.
February 17, 2011: An abalone diver is taken in an attack by
two sharks, believed to be white pointers, while surfacing near Perforated
Island in Coffin Bay, South Australia.
August 17, 2010: A 31-year-old man died from serious
injuries after a shark attacked him while he was surfing near Gracetown in
Western Australia’s south-west.
December 27, 2008: Fisherman Brian Guest, 51, taken by a
great white while snorkelling at Port Kennedy in Perth’s south. His son and
beachgoers saw the shark attack and swim off with him in its mouth.
April 8, 2008: A 16-year-old boy from Wollongbar killed by a
shark while bodyboarding off Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach on the NSW north
January 7, 2006: Sarah Kate Whiley, 21, mauled by up to
three bull sharks while swimming in waist-deep water with friends at Amity
Point, off south-east Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island. August 24, 2005:
Marine biologist Jarrod Stehbens, 23, taken by a shark, believed to be a white
pointer, while diving for cuttlefish eggs with colleagues off Adelaide’s Glenelg
March 19, 2005: Geoffrey Brazier, 26, attacked by a
six-metre shark, believed to be a great white, as he snorkelled near the
Abrolhos Islands, off Geraldton, 500km north of Perth.
December 16, 2004: Nick Peterson, 18, killed instantly when
attacked by a great white shark as he was towed behind a boat on a surfboard 300
metres off Adelaide’s popular metropolitan West Beach.
December 11, 2004: Mark Thompson, 38, attacked by a shark
while spear fishing with two friends at Opal Reef, about 75km from Cairns in
north Queensland. He died from a cardiac arrest soon after the attack.
July 10, 2004: Brad Smith, 29, attacked by two sharks,
believed to be a great white and a large bronze whaler, as he surfed near
Gracetown in Western Australia’s south-west.
February 8, 2003: Bob Purcell, 84, attacked by a 2.5-metre
bull whaler while swimming in Burleigh Lake on the Gold Coast.
December 16, 2002: Beau Martin, 23, attacked while swimming
in Miami Lake on the Gold Coast. April 30, 2002: Scallop diver Paul Buckland,
23, dragged from a mate’s arms by a six-metre white pointer while trying to get
on board a boat in Smoky Bay in the Great Australian Bight, South
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Kyle James Burden
2735 11451 239455 57
his path of destiny = 57 = Condolences. Heartbreaker. Tearjerker.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
Kyle James Burden
11 (K is the 11th letter of the alphabet) + 25 (y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) + 12 (l is the 12th letter of the alphabet) = 48
So the number 48 ruled his ages zero to twenty-seven.
48 = Remembrance.
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