NO ONE WAS SWIMMING: Despite Ballina's Lighthouse Beach reopening on Tuesday sep 27 after Monday's shark attack, and the placement of two smart drum lines at the beach along with the start of aerial surveillance using the Little Ripper drone technology, no one was swimming at the beach mid-morning on Tuesday.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate
NO ONE WAS SWIMMING: Despite Ballina's Lighthouse Beach reopening on Tuesday sep 27 after Monday's shark attack, and the placement of two smart drum lines at the beach along with the start of aerial surveillance using the Little Ripper drone technology, no one was swimming at the beach mid-morning on Tuesday.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate Graham Broadhead

Has the shark attack scared off swimmers?

UPDATE, 2.10pm: IT'S day two of the school holidays, a sunny with temperatures in the mid-20s, yet popular Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is practically empty.

Authorities this morning reopened the beach after yesterday's shark attack on 17-year-old Cooper Allen.

But it seems no-one quite brave enough yet to get in the water.

Lennox Head's Seven Mile Beach was still closed this morning after lifeguards spotted a shark while conducting a sweep of the area.

Lifeguards will continue to monitor the beaches for any shark activity with the safety of the public remaining the number one priority.

 

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UPDATE 11.20am: COOPER Allen will remain in the children's ward of the Lismore Base Hospital for another 72 hours, a NSW Local Health District spokeswoman has confirmed. 

Cooper received lacerations to his thigh in a shark attack off Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, yesterday morning.

 

UPDATE 9.40am: BEACHES in the Ballina Shire have re-opened this morning after a joint decision by Department of Primary Industries, Ballina Shire Council, Surf Lifesaving and police.

Aerial, ground and water patrols were conducted this morning, however no sharks were sighted and the beaches were given the all clear.

The DPI has deployed an extra eight smart drumlins on the north coast this morning, two of which are now at Lighthouse Beach.

NO ONE WAS SWIMMING: Despite Ballina's LIghthouse Beach reopening on Tuesday sep 27 after Monday's shark attack, and the placement of two smart drum lines at the beach along with the start of aerial surveillance using the Little Ripper drone technology, no one was swimming at the beach mid-morning on Tuesday.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate
NO ONE WAS SWIMMING: Despite Ballina's LIghthouse Beach reopening on Tuesday sep 27 after Monday's shark attack, and the placement of two smart drum lines at the beach along with the start of aerial surveillance using the Little Ripper drone technology, no one was swimming at the beach mid-morning on Tuesday.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate Graham Broadhead

Trial aerial patrols of the Little Ripper Westpac helicopter drone and Mini Ripper Lifesaver have also been launched at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina this morning, putting extra eyes on the water.

The DPI commissioned helicopter aerial patrols over North Coast beaches during school holidays is also in effect.

On the ground, Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach, Sharpes Beach and Lennox Head will all have two lifeguards on patrol for the duration of the school holidays.

 

TUESDAY 9.10am: COOPER Allen, the 17-year-old Ballina surfer attacked by a great white shark yesterday morning at Lighthouse Beach, is recovering in Lismore Base Hospital.

It's been reported the teenager didn't require surgery and was treated with stitches.

A photo of Ballina surfer Cooper Allen's shark attack wounds, taken during his recovery in Lismore Base Hospital and shared by his friends on social media
A photo of Ballina surfer Cooper Allen's shark attack wounds, taken during his recovery in Lismore Base Hospital and shared by his friends on social media

A spokeswoman for the Northern NSW Local Health District said Cooper was in a very stable condition.

She said the family have requested privacy.

There will be an update later this morning about whether or not the teenager could be discharged from hospital as early as today.

Cooper Allen, 17, was attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, Monday morning.
Cooper Allen, 17, was attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, Monday morning.


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