Shark spot­ting re­sumes

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

BEACHES on the Cock­burn and Fre­man­tle coast now have an ex­tra level of pro­tec­tion for swim­mers af­ter the Surf Life Sav­ing WA he­li­copter pa­trol re­launched this month.

The ser­vice restarted on Septem­ber 1 and will op­er­ate be­tween Port Bou­vard, Yanchep and Rot­tnest Is­land on week­ends un­til Oc­to­ber 1, when they will move to daily pa­trols un­til the end of April.

WA pre­mier Mark Mc­Gowan said last year’s pa­trols ran for seven weeks longer than usual, cov­er­ing more than 100,000km and spot­ting more than 500 sharks.

“With spring and the warmer weather start­ing to set in, we ex­pect to see West Aus­tralians once again em­brace our beau­ti­ful beaches for some fun in the sun.

“Our surf life­sav­ing vol­un­teers do an in­cred­i­ble job and have be­come such a prom­i­nent fea­ture on our beaches.

“The State Gov­ern­ment­funded he­li­copters are also such an im­por­tant sur­veil­lance tool to help keep our com­mu­nity safe, whether it be from a rip or sharks.”

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