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Fiancé feared eaten by great white shark just weeks before his wedding after bodyboard washes up with huge bite mark

A FIANCÉ is feared to have been eaten by a great white shark just weeks before his wedding.

Robert Frauenstein - who was due to get married next month - disappeared while out surfing, with his bodyboard later washing up with huge bite marks.

The keen boarder, 38, had been in the water off the coast of Chinsta, South Africa.

Friends went looking for him when he failed to return from the beach close to where he lived on the Wild Coast, but could find no trace of him.

Eventually they discovered his bright yellow and pink bodyboard washed up on the sand with a huge bite mark out of it - which experts said was from a great white.

Despite a huge search by two helicopters and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), and friends in motor boats, there has been no sign of the groom-to-be.

A close friend said: "We have come to accept the great white took Robert and it is probably unlikely that we will ever find him if the shark took him fully.

"Robert loved the surf and his bodyboarding and the Chintsa community is in shock.

"His fiancee Jana Hiles is absolutely distraught. They were due to wed.

"Helicopters have been out and the lifeboats and local fishermen but there is no sign of him of the big great white which had been spotted from the air in the vicinity earlier this week.

"We just hope it was quick and we are just shocked to lose him."

His prospective sister-in-law Kerry Hiles said: "On behalf of my family I wish to thank all those who have offered their support emotionally in so many incredible ways.

"Teeth marks on Robert's bodyboard are confirmed as that of a very large great white shark and possible the same shark spotted from the air earlier in the week out there.

"We take comfort in the fact Robert was doing what he loved and his untimely demise would have been as swift, painless and without struggle as you could hope for.

"I ask that you keep Rob’s mother Stephanie and brother Ed in your thoughts, and especially my sister Jana Hiles to whom Robert would have been wed next month.

"We acknowledge that the rescue mission has now become a recovery exercise and thank you in advance for understanding as we move into a space for grieving."

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said his crews were out searching for the missing computer technician and had handed the matter to the police.

He urged caution to surfers and swimmers in the area where Robert went missing.

The largest great white is believed to be one known as Deep Blue, recorded off the coast of Hawaii, measuring an estimated 21ft and believed to weigh approximately 2.5 tons.

Shocking moment a two-metre shark prowls close to the shoreline of a popular beach

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