Shark sight­ing closes beach

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LAMBERTS Beach in Slade Point was closed on Satur­day af­ter a life­guard spot­ted a shark breach­ing just off­shore.

The sight­ing oc­curred on the first day of Surf Life Sav­ing QLD’s pa­trols at the beach for the swim­ming sea­son and school hol­i­days.

How­ever, the beach re­opened again yes­ter­day af­ter life­guards as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion.

Tar­ryn Hay­den of Mackay Life­guard Ser­vice said he spot­ted the shark of an un­known size and species on Satur­day, about 3.30pm.

“I spot­ted it about 200m from the flags, straight out, about 3.30pm and the beach has been closed since then due to our poli­cies and pro­ce­dures,” he said at the time.

“I orig­i­nally spot­ted him just straight out, saw him breach once with a thrash of the tail ... then I saw him 200 me­tres straight out chas­ing a school of fish.

“There was a few peo­ple close to the shore, but they were all swim­ming be­tween the red and yel­low flags ... so they had a life­guard on duty who could spot any dan­gers and close the beach if nec­es­sary, make sure ev­ery­one is safe.

“Ev­ery­one was re­ally re­spon­sive and as I went down the beach ev­ery­one got out im­me­di­ately. Eas­ily done, eas­ily man­aged.”

Mr Hay­den said in his ex­pe­ri­ence it’s “very un­com­mon” to see sharks close to shore at Lamberts.

The beach was quiet when at the time and the few walk­ers who were there seemed un­con­cerned.

PHOTO: LUKE MOR­TIMER

Mackay Life­guard Ser­vice's Tar­ryn Hay­den spot­ted a shark close to shore about 3.30pm on Satur­day and closed Lamberts Beach.

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