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Shark INCIDENT for Gracetown near Margaret River

Shark INCIDENT for Gracetown near Margaret River

31 January 2021

Update 31st January at 10:00am

The Shire of Augusta -Margaret River have reopened the beach between Huzza's Car Park and Cowaramup Boat Ramp at Gracetown.

DPIRD recommends additional caution at Cowaramup Bay beach and surrounding area. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Update 30th January 2021 at 3:10pm

The beach remains closed by the Shire of Augusta – Margaret River between Huzza's Car Park and Cowaramup Boat Ramp at Gracetown until 10:30am on Sunday 31st January.

DPIRD Fisheries Officers are conducting land patrols of the area.

The Surf Life Saving WA helicopter conducted an aerial sweep of the area at 2:00pm this afternoon.

There have been no further shark sightings or detections in the area since the incident this morning.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Alert Issued 30th January at 11:30am

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are currently involved in assisting with a shark incident at Cowaramup Bay Beach Gracetown in the Shire of Augusta- Margaret River.

Situation:

  • A female swimmer has received injuries after being bitten by a shark at 10:34am on 30th January 2021
  • The Shire of Augusta- Margaret River have closed the beach.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Gracetown area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 

DPIRD is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.

The Surf Life Saving WA Helicopter will also conduct a sweep of the area 

Extra information: 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.

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