News

Tourists in state of shock after shark attack

Jetskis patrol the beach on jetski in rough conditions at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay the day after a fatal shark attack.
Jetskis patrol the beach on jetski in rough conditions at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay the day after a fatal shark attack. Cathy Adams

BYRON Bay locals are in shock and disbelief following the fatal shark attack of 50-year-old Paul Wilcox on Tuesday, the president of the town's Chamber of Commerce said.

"We are in shock around town and there is strong feeling of sympathy for the man's family," Michael O'Grady, Byron United president said.

"As locals, we are all sea lovers here and we are in shock. I am a keen surfer, but I have never seen a shark when I have been surfing," he said.

The town may take a hit in visitor numbers following news of the shark fatality, Mr O'Grady predicted.

Warning signs remain in place on Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay the day after a fatal shark attack.
Warning signs remain in place on Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay the day after a fatal shark attack. Cathy Adams

All beaches in Byron Shire from Broken Head to South Golden Beach remain closed until midday today.

"I imagine there will be some people who might pause in their intention to visit," Mr O'Grady said.

"However, the number of fatalities from sharks is very few. I think most people realise there is a risk you take when you enter the ocean."

The shark attack was foremost in the mind of tourists whom The Northern Star spoke with at Clarkes Beach yesterday.

"My husband was swimming at The Pass around 10.30 when it happened," Margaret Tacke from the Mornington Peninsula said.

She and her husband Siegfried were cycling back from The Pass when they heard the shark sirens on Tuesday.

"We rode our bikes back into town and saw the ambulances, but it wasn't until later that day we heard it had been a shark attack," she said.

"We were pretty shocked to think my husband was in the water at the same time.

"He's never thought about shark attacks here before. We've just travelled from Caloundra, where they have shark nets, and I know South Australia can be dangerous, but I think this is unusual for Byron Bay, especially at this time of year.

"Personally, it makes me think twice about swimming here. But it won't frighten my husband."

Holidaying in Byron Bay are, from left, Tony, Grace, and Jacquie Tilbury, (and sleeping Rory obscured) from Melbourne.
Holidaying in Byron Bay are, from left, Tony, Grace, and Jacquie Tilbury, (and sleeping Rory obscured) from Melbourne. Cathy Adams

Tony and Jacquie Tilbury, of Melbourne, holidaying in Byron Bay with their two children Rory and Grace, said they were surprised there was not more signage up warning beachgoers there had been a shark attack.

"I honestly thought the beaches would have been patrolled here," Jacquie Tilbury said.

"That would make us feel a lot safer. And I thought they would have signs up along all of the entrances to the beach.

"We only go into the water up to our knees with the children, so it probably won't stop us from having a paddle."

Topics:  editors picks



Pensioner fleeced by suspected scam now faces eviction

PENNILESS: Disability pensioner Craig Tweedie (left) has been left with no money after a suspected scammer fleeced his bank account of $568 - and his bank say they can't help. On the right of the picture is his carer, Sheron Wood.

Local man in strife after bank balance goes missing

Everyday women shine in sensual images

'Showcasing beautiful Evans Head'.

New trend in photos with 5 tips on taking your most sensual selfie

Nollsie's new album and latest shenanigans

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

The singer is coming to the Northern Rivers

Local Partners

Kimmel roasts Damon at Oscars

Oscars 2017: Live Coverage of the 89th Academy Awards.

Nollsie's new album and latest shenanigans

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

The singer is coming to the Northern Rivers

Oscars guest’s shocking wardrobe malfunction

Blanca Blanco arrives for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 26 February 2017.

ACTRESS suffers X-rated wardrobe malfunction.

High energy show promised by Bullhorn this weekend

Bullhorn will perform in Yamba on Saturday night.

Don't miss their show this weekend

Star style at the Oscars 2017 red carpet

Nicole Kidman arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Oscars 2017: Red Carpet Dresses and Outfits — Best Dressed Celebs.

Married At First Sight couple flouts the rules

Sean and Susan in a scene from Married At First Sight.

ONE couple is openly flouting the rules of Married At First Sight.

The one film that could beat La La Land

Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in a scene from the movie Moonlight.

OSCARS 2017 predictions: Who will win on the big night?

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!