Glamorous actress Marcia Hathaway has just celebrated her engagement to her fiancé on the shores of a Sydney cove, little does she know the horrors ahead.
Despite the local success, the tragic star is – by far – best known for being the last person to be killed by a shark in the city of Oz 59 years ago.
Marcia, 32, was sunning herself on a boat with teammate Frederick Knight and her friends in Middle Harbor on January 28, 1963, when she shielded her fair skin from the blazing 30C heat, Friends challenged Marcia to prove she could swim in a playful bet that could be fatal.
She and Frederick were diving into the shallows of Sugarloaf Bay when Marcia thought she had been ambushed by an octopus in just 30 inches of water.
“We were in the water for about five minutes, and I was about 12 to 15 feet away from Marcia and my back to her,” Frederick recalled. The Mossman collective.
“And then I heard her say, ‘I think an octopus got me.’
Frederick watched in horror as she was then dragged into the water by a bull shark as he bravely attempted to wrestle the monster – even at one point circling its back as he fought to free Marcia.
But the terrifying creature had its teeth wormed into Marcia’s thigh,
Frederick told the Sydney Morning Herald after the attack: “I held onto Marcia and kept trying to pull her away from the shark.
“The water was stained with blood and I never thought I would get her out of it. I think at one stage I put my foot in its mouth. It is soft and spongy. ”
Friends waded in to help, and Frederick and another friend were finally able to pull Marica out as nearby boat owners tore the sheets off the bed to retrieve the tourniquet.
As she bled, Marcia was put on another boat, with an ambulance meeting her and Frederick at Mowbray Point.
But adding to their unbelievable bad luck, the ambulance broke down – forcing more than a dozen men to attempt to push the vehicle up a steep hill before admitting they would have to wait for a second ambulance. .
When Marcia passed out, Frederick was stunned by her composure.
“When I asked her if she was in pain, she told me, No, I didn’t,” he recalls.
“I’ve seen men die, but I’ve never seen anyone as brave as Marcia, I think her last words to me were ‘Don’t worry about me, God will take care of me. “.
Tragically, an hour later another ambulance arrived, and Marcia was already dead.
Overwhelmed by Marcia’s death, locals returned to the scene and threw bait into the water to apprehend her killer.
They reported that they later caught the bull shark that they believed killed the actress, and put it on display.
But while one would expect such gruesome deaths to go down in history, Sydney today reported First fatal shark attack since Marcia’s death was nearly six decades ago.
Frightened fishermen and seafarers watched in horror like a man being dragged underwater and caught by a shark at Sydney’s Little Bay Beach near Malabar today just after 4:30pm.
Rescue teams on jet skis and boats frantically hunted down the swimmer before a human body was found underwater and, reportedly, parts of a wetsuit were also found.
Shocked witnesses stated Swimmer was attacked by a large 15ft white.
An astonishing video of the violent ambush shows the shark thrashing in bloody water just meters away from the rocks.
Fisherman Kris Linto told Nine News: ‘Some guy was swimming when a shark came up and attacked him vertically.
“We heard a scream and turned around and it looked like a car had gone into the water, a big chunk then the shark was squeezing its body and there was blood everywhere.
“It’s really bad.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17674412/sydneys-last-fatal-shark-attack-model-savaged/ Inside the last fatal shark attack in Sydney 59 years ago when the model was devastated by the beast, who was later captured and put on display