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Beaches remain closed after shark incident near Esperance

Beaches remain closed after shark incident near Esperance

03 October 2014

Beaches will remain closed in the area near Wylie Bay, east of Esperance, after a shark incident yesterday in which a man was seriously injured.

Patrols of the area will continue after two white sharks were caught by Fisheries officers in the vicinity of the shark incident.

Capture lines have not been returned to the water this morning.

Beaches will remain closed from Wylie Bay to Cape Le Grand until further notice. A Department of Fisheries vessel will remain in the area where the incident occurred and if further action is required departmental officers will be able to respond.

The two sharks caught yesterday are being transported to Perth for further examination by the Department’s experts and will be retained for research.

Even upon examination it may not be possible to confirm that either shark was involved in the incident this morning. It is common for sharks to disgorge stomach contents.

Advice is that water users and campers in the area should:

  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by rangers from the Shire of Esperance or Department of Parks and Wildlife, or volunteer club members from Surf Life Saving WA.
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