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Shark WARNING for Surfers Point Prevelly, near Margaret River

Shark WARNING for Surfers Point Prevelly, near Margaret River

25 April 2018

Update on 25 April at 3.15pm:
An Augusta-Margaret River Shire ranger has erected shark warning signage at Prevelly. The beach has not been closed.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advises additional caution by water users in this area.

Fisheries officers from DPIRD are continuing to patrol the area and have been advising water users of the increased shark risk.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Alert issued on 25 April:

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Surfers Point at Prevelly, in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, after an surfer was knocked off his board by a two metre shark, of an unknown species.

Situation:

  • The report was made to Water Police at 12.49pm, for an incident that occurred around 10am.
  • No injury has been reported by the surfer involved.
  • The surfer was paddling, when the shark knocked him from the surfboard.
  • Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are at the location and monitoring the beach.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures that may be advised or implemented by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution in the Prevelly area.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 
Fisheries officers are in attendance to advise water users of the increased shark risk in the area.

Fisheries officers are working with partner agencies to assess the situation. 

The Surf Life Saving WA Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will be conducting aerial patrols for the remainder of the current school holidays. 

Extra information: 
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.

Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

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