Shark alert at Port Kembla Beach

Beachgoers watch from the safety of the sand as lifesavers coerce a shark back out to sea

Beachgoers watch from the safety of the sand as lifesavers coerce a shark back out to sea

Sharks and blue bottles kept the Illawarra’s surf lifesavers on their toes on Sunday, causing at least two of the region’s beaches to close temporarily.

Swimmers at Port Kembla Beach were ushered to shore after a hammerhead shark was spotted about 2.30pm by the Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol.

Lifesavers took to jet skis and inflatable rescue boats (IRBs) to drive the animal back to sea as beachgoers watched on from the safety of the sand.

The beach was reopened 30 minutes later after another sweep by the aerial patrol, however lifesavers on long boards continued to keep guard behind the waves.

Lifesavers were first put on high alert just after 10am as three large schools of bait fish were spotted off Port Kembla and Windang.

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