Western Australia Flag_2aMedia Release

Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

29. December  2014

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Fisheries officers deploy capture gear after fatal shark incident at Cheynes Beach

Beaches have been closed at Cheynes Beach near Albany after a fatal shark incident late this morning.

The Department of Fisheries is currently investigating and has deployed equipment in an effort to catch the shark (most likely to be a white shark).

The Department says beaches in this region are likely to remain closed tomorrow and urges local people and holiday makers to stay out of the water.

It has been confirmed that at about midday this morning, a man suffered fatal injuries after being bitten by a shark.  It is believed that he was spear fishing with another man off Cheynes Beach.

The Department is working closely with Police, Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Albany.

Further information will be made available when possible.

Cheynes Beach is now closed and advice is that water users should:

  • Adhere to any beach closures which may be in place.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Source: Government of Western Australia