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Wylie Bay beaches reopen but caution is advised

Wylie Bay beaches reopen but caution is advised

20 April 2017

Department of Fisheries officers will continue patrols of Wylie Bay and the Kelp Beds surf break, near Esperance, following the reopening of beaches after Monday’s fatal shark bite incident.

Situation:

  • Local authorities reopened the beaches and removed signs around 10.30am today.
  • Beaches approximately three kilometres either side of the incident site at Kelp Beds Beach had been closed, immediately following the Easter Monday incident.
  • Department of Fisheries officers have carried out water and land-based beach patrols, since the incident, to advise as many holiday-makers as possible to stay out of the water.
  • No shark sightings have been reported in the Wylie Bay area since the fatal incident.

What to do:

  • Our advice to water users is to use caution if they plan to go surfing, swimming or diving in the Wylie Bay area.
  • 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.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing:
The Department of Fisheries will continue to conduct beach patrols throughout today and, depending on weather conditions, will also carry out water patrols in the Wylie Bay area.

If no shark sightings are made today, a decision will be made to reduce patrols in the area.

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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