Ballina beaches reopen following shark sighting

UPDATE: BEACHES between Ballina's South Wall and Lennox Head have been reopened after four large sharks were spotted this morning.

Richmond LAC Inspector Doug Conners said as there had been no further shark sightings beaches were no open.

 

INITIAL REPORT: BEACHES between Ballina's South Wall and Lennox Head are closed after four large sharks were spotted in the area this morning.

Richmond LAC Inspector Doug Conners said there had been a number of shark sightings but no confirmation they were great whites.

"There were two sharks off North Wall Ballina and one off South Wall," he said.

"Those sharks were over three metres in length.

"No surfers were in the area and there was no danger to anyone."

WATERCOOLER: Let's come up with national shark plan

 

What do you think we should do to prevent shark attacks?

This poll ended on 12 August 2015.

Current Results

Install more shark nets on patrolled beaches

24%

Close beaches most populated by sharks

0%

Educate swimmers and surfers more

13%

Trial more high technology devices

43%

Nothing. There will always be attacks

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

Insp Conners said the next sighting was further north.

"There was another shark sighted about 11.45am and that was at Boulders Beach, about 500 metres from a number of surfers," he said.

"Police attended, Ballina Jet Boat Rescue were advised and the surfers left the water.

Insp Conners said the shark spotted at Boulders Beach continued to swim north.

"The shark was swimming north toward Lennox Head so police attended and notified the surfers in that area of the sighting," he said.

"At this stage in consultation with council and Surf Life Saving beaches are closed for one hour until 2pm.

"We'll reassess the situation at 2pm."

Insp Conners stressed no one had been attacked and the beach closure was just a precaution.



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