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