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A week after a shark claimed the life of Paul Wilcox, his wife Victoria has told The Echo that despite her deep grief she would like to stay in the area and is wanting to resettle.

‘I want to reach out to the Byron community,’ she said. ‘I don’t blame the shark, or the town or anyone,’ she says. ‘The beach is such a health giver.’

Mr Wilcox, 50, died on September 9 at around 10.40am after he was mauled by a shark, possibly a great white, while swimming about 15 metres off Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay.

Mark Hickey, who is a Newcastle lawyer, was praised by police for risking his life to pull Mr Wilcox to shore. Subsequently a large strip of coastline, from Broken Head to South Golden Beach, was closed for 24 hours.

And contrary to all media reports, Victoria says she was not on the beach when the attack happened.

‘Our daily ritual included a swim for Paul and a run to the lighthouse for me’, she said. ‘I came to the beach after he didn’t turn up to where we had agreed to meet.

‘As soon as I saw the police car on the beach, I ran towards it as I knew it was him.’

Thankfully Victoria is being supported by family and friends. They have travelled from around Australia and the globe to be with her.

Born in the UK, Mr Wilcox was a corporate trainer and author who founded a successful business called Refocus Learning. The couple had moved to the area around five years ago.

Evolution Concierge is planning the memorial of Paul’s life early this week and is seeking support from the community to help Victoria set up a new life in Byron.

Evolution Concierge’s Jodie Molloy says, ‘Victoria cannot go home to their home in Rosebank and I’m seeking community support to help find her a new self-contained humble abode in the Bay and to cover funeral expenses.’

‘The Byron Bay vibe and community is what drew Paul and Victoria to the Bay time and time again before they chose it to be their home.

‘If you would like to pledge your support for Victoria’s new lease on life please make a contribution to their PayPal account.’

To help, please email [email protected].


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3 COMMENTS

  1. As far back as 1968, tree-huggers (enviros) have been telling me that I was “overfishing” sharks. Nearly 50 years they’ve pushed the “protect sharks” agenda.

    Today, they claim a 90% decline in shark species. A hoax! A lie! There is no credible evidence to prove this. But how have they succeeded in persuading governments to protect sharks using ridiculous anti-fishing laws? They didn’t! Shark protection didn’t gain momentum until the Oil Industry decided to misdirect public opinion away from offshore drilling as the biggest danger to the world’s oceans, and place it on “overfishing.” Oil companies (Sunoco) created the environmental foundation PEW — pumping billions of dollars into this foundation to create a new crisis — shark finning, and a new villain — the Asian shark fin soup industry. “100 million sharks killed each year,” is their bogus mantra. C’mon, you might as well believe in the tooth fairy. But it worked! Nobody talks about oil exploration any more; not even the BP oil spill gets press the way killing sharks does! And they’ve done a good job re-education young people: tell them the sky is green year after year and they eventually believe it.

    Sharks are now protected globally and so are now overpopulated. this is why shark attacks are increasing. Unfortunately you are a victim of world-wide brain-washing. Some day a shark attack victim will take legal action against government shark protection. I can’t wait to see who pays.

    Sharks don’t need protection, people do!

  2. Glen, has anyone ever told you that you’re a poor excuse for a human being? You’ve got as much compassion in you as Creation gave to an Eastern Brown snake.

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