Even though he was only 15 years old, Khai Cowle was considered one of Australia’s top talent. The young surfer spent every free moment training, even the Christmas and New Year period was not an exception for him. A few days before the end of the year, the teenage athlete went to the coast with his father to take part in the last training in 2023. However, no one could have expected how tragic this session would end.
On December 28, a real tragedy occurred on the coast of Ethel Beach near Adelaide. While training in the water, 15-year-old Khai Cowle stayed behind attacked by a great white shark. One of the most dangerous species of skeletal fish from the lamnidae family he bit off the leg of a talented surfer. Although the teenager was quickly pulled to the shore by people nearby and given help, his life could no longer be saved.
Khai Cowle is dead. A 15-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark
One of the witnesses described the event in an interview with the Australian media. “A local man jumped on his board and ran towards him. The shark was circling them as the boy was being pulled from the water. There was a lot of blood. By the time he got him to shore, it was too late.” – he reported in an interview with the “Adelaide Advertiser” portal.
The club where the 15-year-old trained every day honored the memory of the deceased athlete. Seaview Road Board Riders. The team’s representatives said in an official statement that Cowle came from a family with a long surfing tradition and in the past he trained, among others, by father and grandfather.
Khai Cowle’s grandfather spoke only highly of his deceased grandson in an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser. “He always made others smile. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He didn’t waste a single second. He was very brave because he surfed bigger waves than me or his father.” – He admitted.
He told “Nine News” journalists that his relatives were shocked by the tragedy that befell their family. “I suffer so much… We are extremely hurt. I still hope that he will walk through the doors of our house. We are a very close-knit, strong family, so I believe that we will be able to recover.” – he announced.