Man Killed In Byron Bay Shark Attack

A man has died following a shark attack at Byron Bay’s Clarkes Beach this morning.

The man who is a local and aged in his late forties was thought to have been swimming from The Pass to Clarkes Beach when he was attacked.

He was seen floating in shallow water, close to the shore line, and dragged onto the beach where off duty lifesavers treated him until emergency services arrived who pronounced him dead a short time later.

As the official patrol season does not start until the 20th September beaches are not currently patrolled in Byron Bay but at council’s request, lifeguards will be on duty for at least the next 24hrs ensuring the water remains clear from Belongil Beach to Tallows Beach across Byron Shire Council.

Lifeguards are also patrolling the water on a jetski in the same area.

It is advised that people stay clear of the ocean within this region until NSW Police deems it safe to return.

Tue 9 Sep 2014