News Release

Randwick City Council

23. February 2018

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Lifeguards close La Perouse beaches following shark attack

Randwick City Council Lifeguards are closing beaches around La Perouse on Saturday 24 February following a shark attack at Congwong Beach at around 6pm this evening Friday 23 February.

A woman was swimming at the Botany Bay beach when a shark bit her right leg causing serious wounds. She is currently in hospital.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the community is in shock following the attack.

“From all accounts the woman was very lucky and certainly the whole community’s heartfelt thoughts are with her for a full recovery.

“I’ve lived in the area for 25 years and this is the first confirmed shark attack in Randwick City. We’re all a little shocked and concerned.

“As a precaution, Council Lifeguards have immediately closed all the La Perouse beaches including including Congwong, Little Congwong, Yarra Bay and Frenchman’s Bay for at least Saturday.

“Council Lifeguards will be stationed at the usually unpatrolled beaches on Saturday to advise swimmers not to swim.”

Council enquiries are continuing.

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UPDATE: 25. February 2018

La Perouse beaches reopen following Friday shark attack

Randwick City Council Lifeguards have this morning (Sunday 25 February) reopened La Perouse beaches following a shark attack on Friday evening.

The beaches – Congwong, Little Congwong, Frenchmans and Yarra – were closed on Saturday as a precaution while Lifeguards, Lifesavers and the Westpac Surf Life Saving Helicopter searched for the shark.

There have been no further sightings of the shark.

Source: Randwick City Council