A shark attack at Shelly Beach in Ballina where the victim was declared deceased. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
A shark attack at Shelly Beach in Ballina where the victim was declared deceased. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Beaches remain closed as "situation assessed"

BEACHES remain closed between South Ballina and Lennox Head following a fatal shark attack in the area yesterday.

Japanese national Tadashi Nakahara, 41, was killed when he was attacked by a four-metre shark at Ballina yesterday

From 7am today, police along with SES, Surf Lifesavers and Council officers conducted a search for six kilometres either side of Shelly Beach.

The search did not reveal any further information and there were no additional shark sightings, police said.

However, at this time the beaches in the area remain closed and this will continue until tomorrow when the situation will be reassessed.

Public safety remains the paramount consideration, police have said.

Investigators have been speaking with a Department of Primary Industries marine expert to try and identify the type of shark involved in the attack.

Meantime police have urged anyone who observes a shark to report the matter to officers or surf lifesavers immediately.

Aerial patrols have been made today by Polair, with no sightings of sharks.

A meeting will be held tomorrow morning to assess beach and surf conditions.



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