This poignant quote comes from the coroner's inquest into the death of Jevan Wright and was from the mouth of Jevan's girlfriend' father.
"Jevan caught the next wave in. When I thought that he should have reached the rocks and standing up, I couldn’t see Jevan. I was scanning the water and couldn’t see him anywhere and I turned to Nugget and asked if he could see Jevan. Nugget couldn’t see him either. The sea at the time was flat and a short time later, a wave came and lifted us both up and I could see the back tail of the shark sticking out about two feet out of the water. I could also see quite a bit of the length of the body of the sharks tail, and Jevan’s board was inside of the shark and the board looked quite small.
Jevan was wearing a black wet suit and a light blue helmet, and I kept looking for the helmet but I couldn’t see it.
I then turned to Nugget and said, "It’s a shark and it’s got Jevan".
Looking at the shark’s tail and the white of its underbelly, I could tell that it was a white pointer and its tail was bigger than the surfboard which is 6’2" long, and that wasn’t taking into account the shark's body.
When the next wave lifted us up again, the shark was still there, with its tail sticking out of the water, thrashing from side to side. Jevan must have still been attached to his leg rope because the board was still right alongside of the shark."
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Blackfellows - The message
The search is the driving force....
For any restless sould who dream...
Perfect waves hitting an unchartered reef....
The eerie white silence on an untracked powder bowl.....
The magical thrill at discovery.........
The gripping rush......
Pure freedom, where nothing else matters.....
He joined the search...
In loving memory of Jevan Wright
7-10-82 - 25-9-2000
This was the message inscribed in various parts of the table sitting atop the cliff overlooking Blackfellows, a famous surf break in South Australia. Having lived this type of life it struck a powerful chord with me. Bob and I found it very moving.