Beaches Closed After Byron Bay Shark Attack

All beaches across Byron Bay including the patrolled Main Beach will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours after a surfer thought to be in his late 30s suffered lacerations to his leg when he encountered a shark on Monday.

The incident occurred at around 7:30am AEDT today in the stretch of water between Suffolk Park Beach and Broken Head on the state’s Far North Coast.

The area was not patrolled at the time.

It is believed that the shark emerged from under the man while he was waiting for a wave.

The man’s surfboard took the brunt of the impact with the man also suffering minor lacerations to his leg during the incident.

The man has since sought assistance at a local medical facility where he was driven to by a friend.

Police and Lifeguards have been on-scene clearing the water of swimmers and surfers, and a Duty Officer from Tweed Heads also attended.

Lifeguards from Byron Bay will be conducting a sweep of the beach periodically throughout the morning and the public is urged to avoid the area throughout today.

The species of the shark involved is not known and the matter has been referred to the NSW Department of Primary Industries for further investigation.

A decision on when to reopen the beaches will be made on Tuesday morning after consultation with all stakeholders.

Mon 24 Oct 2016