Reports of shark sighted at South Golden Beach

UPDATE 2.10pm: POLICE are responding to reports of a large shark spotted off South Golden Beach near swimmers and surfers about 1.55pm.

A member of the public called police to report seeing a large shark about 20 metres from the shoreline.

The man said he was having trouble alerting swimmers, surfers and body boarders, to get out of the water.

 

UPDATE 1.38pm: LENNOX Beach has now been re-opened, following a confirmed shark sighting this morning, police have said.

A large shark was spotted swimming about 50 meters off Seven Mile Beach around 11.15am this morning.

As a result of this, Lennox beach was closed as a precaution.

Police are continuing to work with Surf Life Saving Australia, and local council officials to monitor the situation.

 

UPDATE 12.21pm: POLICE have said Lennox Head beach will be closed until 1pm today due to a confirmed shark sighting this morning.

A large shark was spotted swimming about 50 meters off Seven Mile Beach, police said, and so at 11.15am the beach was closed.

As a result of this, until 1pm today, Lennox beach has been closed.

Police are continuing to work with Surf Life Saving Australia, and local council officials to monitor the situation.

 

UPDATE 11.10am: SURFERS at Lennox Point are being told to evacuate the water after a shark was sighted by an Air T&G helicopter off Lennox Head beach on its way to the Point.

The location of this morning's first shark sighting at Evans Head was incorrect, it was in fact off Ballina's South Wall that two sharks were spotted from the air.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Nicole Bruce said the sharks were seen around schools of baitfish and dolphins were also in the area.

No surfers or swimmers were in the water around the area however police were moving to close Lennox Head beaches where there were several surfers the point.

A boat maybe sent out to conduct further surveillance as a precaution.

Police are meeting with lifesavers to discuss the situation.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Chris Samuels said a lifesaver was on scene at the Point advising people to get of the water.

He said the standard policy was beaches would remain closed for just 30 minutes, but in the current situation the final decision was up to the police and Ballina Shire Council.

 

UPDATE 10.53am: SURFERS are being asked to get out of the water at Lennox Head following another shark sighting near Lennox point. 

 

INITIAL REPORT: A POSSIBLE shark sighting at Evans Head may see the town's beaches closed again this morning.

The shark was allegedly spotted just off the south wall of the Evans River near Shark Bay less than an hour ago.

It's understood it was sighted by an Air T&G helicopter which has been doing regular shark surveillance patrols along coast in recent weeks.

Inspector Nicole Bruce said police were currently assessing the situation in consultation with surf lifesavers and deciding whether or not to close the beach.

Surf Life Saving protocols dictate beaches close for 30 minutes following a shark sighting.



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