Beaches Remain Closed Around Byron Bay

Beaches across Byron Shire Council will remain closed until at least midday tomorrow following the fatal shark attack of a 50 year old man at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay yesterday.

Two lifeguards are on patrol from 7:00am to 5:00pm today and up to midday Thursday ensuring beaches remain closed and swimmers do not enter the water until it is deemed safe to do.

As well as a lifeguard jetski, the Ballina Jet Boat and a DPI boat are also expected to remain in the water for most of the day.

At this stage Marine Rescue NSW have not been tasked but are on standby if necessary. Australian Lifeguard Service NSW Coordinator, Brent Manieri, says lifeguards are focused on ensuring that the safety of the public remains the priority.

"We want to ensure that beachgoers around the Byron Shire region stay clear of the water until it is decided that it is safe return. We've been working closely with council who have been very proactive in putting lifeguards on the beach and will continue to take direction from council and the assisting DPI," said Mr Manieri.

Surf Life Saving NSW, lifeguards and DPI are sharing resources and are assisting to ensure the safety of the beach-going public.

Wed 10 Sep 2014