Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.
Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay. Cathy Adams

Byron Shire's beaches expected to be reopened by noon today

BYRON'S beaches are expected to be open again by midday today after patrols were unable to spot the shark that killed Paul Wilcox at Clarkes Beach on Tuesday morning.

The 50-year-old IT expert, understood to have lived at Rosebank, died at the scene after a shark bit his right leg.

The shark that mauled Mr Wilcox is believed to have been a great white, with a three-metre long shark sighted in the bay immediately following the attack.

Mr Wilcox's parents, Marie and Bryan, from north Wales, told BBC media that they had spoken to their son just hours before he died on his regular morning swim.

"I had a happy, well-adjusted, lovely, lovely son talking to me the day before ... 24 hours later he's dead and I still can't take it in," his mother said.

She said her son had died doing what he loved, and that it was a "blessing" that her son's death had probably been quick.

"He died doing what he wanted to do, it's not as though somebody attacked him in the street," she said.

"I absolutely adored him and I want people to know that."

Mr Wilcox is survived by his wife Victoria Wilcox. The couple only recently moved to Byron Shire.

Byron's beaches remained closed yesterday with a lifeguard jet ski, the Ballina Jet Boat and DPI patrolling the water.

Two lifeguards will patrol the beach today from 7am to 5pm but Australian Lifeguard Service NSW co-ordinator Brent Manieri warned swimmers not to enter the water until it was declared safe.



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