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Man killed by shark while diving with daughter off Australian state of Tasmania

In this image taken from video, police carry a body in a bag and place it in on a stretcher on a jetty in Triabunna, off the Australian island state of Tasmania, on Saturday, July 25, 2015. A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark on Saturday while the pair were diving, police said. (AuBC via AP)AUSTRALIA OUT

In this image taken from video, police carry a body in a bag and place it in on a stretcher on a jetty in Triabunna, off the Australian island state of Tasmania, on Saturday, July 25, 2015. A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark on Saturday while the pair were diving, police said. (AuBC via AP)AUSTRALIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Media reports a man was killed by a shark off the Australian island state of Tasmania while diving with his daughter.

Government ranger Peter Lingard told The Examiner newspaper the attack happened off the east coast on Saturday near where a 4 1/2-meter (15-foot) great white shark was seen a day earlier.

Witnesses say his daughter was under water with him diving for scallops when the attack occurred.

The Mercury newspaper reports the daughter saw the attack, rose to the surface and let off a flare to get the attention of other boats in the area.

Police are expected to hold a news conference on the tragedy later Saturday.

Lingard did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment.