Ballina Beaches Reopen Following Shark Attack

Surf Life Saving NSW can confirm that Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach, and Shelly Beach (Ballina) have all reopened on Tuesday.

Additionally Lennox Head will remain closed until at least mid-morning after lifeguards spotted a shark while conducting a sweep of the area.

Beaches across Ballina Shire were closed on Monday for at least 24 hours following a shark attack on a 17-year-old local teenager who sustained a lower leg injury in the incident.

Surf Lifesaving assets were on the water from 8am AEST conducting a roving patrol along the coastline as part of the comprehensive process of reopening local beaches.

After a meeting involving the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Local Council representatives, NSW Police, and Lifeguards the decision was made to reopen the beaches with the exception of Lennox Head.

Lifeguards will continue to monitor the beaches for any shark activity with the safety of the public remaining the number one priority.

Tue 27 Sep 2016