National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
03. April 2018
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Stuart Obray, NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander, said:
NSRI, Municipal lifeguards and local authorities at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis are urging bathers surfers, paddlers to not enter the water at local beaches following a shark incident at Cape St Francis Beach today.
Local authorities are monitoring and will advise on the status and local Municipal lifeguards are flying the No Swimming Shark Sighting flag specifically at Cape St Francis Beach.
At 15h05, Tuesday, 03 April, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew and our local doctor were activated following reports of a local 19 year old male surfer bitten on the knee by a shark while surfing close in-shore at Cape St Francis Beach.
NSRI crew responded to the scene where the surfer was found to already be on the beach after friends and fellow surfers assisted him from the water and local Municipal lifeguards had initiated medical care treating the patient for shock and for lacerations to his left knee and below the left knee and placing the patient on a stretcher.
NSRI medics and our local doctor assisted the lifeguards treating the patient.
Private Care ambulance services were summoned and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private care ambulance and he is accompanied by family members.
The SA Police Services were also in attendance at the scene.
A shark bite kit stored at the beach was used to assist in the treatment of the patient.
The species of shark remains unknown and initial observations suggest that the injuries may have been caused by a relatively small shark but this cannot be confirmed at this stage.
Shark working groups will investigate.
Local authorities were appealed to investigate licensed shark fishing being conducted nearby from a fishing boat using a chumming method to determine if this activity may contribute to increased shark activity in close proximity to recreational beaches during the school vacation.
The surfers who assisted to get the teenager out of the water and the local lifeguards who immediately initiated medical treatment are commended for their swift actions.
Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)
31. March 2018
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SHARK INCIDENT CLOSES KUKIO BEACH
At about 0930 this morning the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources was notified by the Hawaii County Fire Department of a shark incident near Kikaua Point fronting Kukio Resort.
A 25 year old man was taken by HFD helicopter to North Hawaii hospital with multiple injuires to his hand and leg.
Standard procedure is for beach closure signs to warn ocean goers for one mile on either side of the incident until noon the next day. A decision will be made to reopen beaches based on observations tomorrow morning.
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