Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Yamba Beach Closed

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Yamba Beach Closed

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A POSSIBLE shark sighting resulted in Yamba Main Beach being closed for the first time in a decade.

The sighting happened at about 11am on Sunday, right in the middle of Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club's Nippers program.

Swimmers were ordered out of the water for about an hour as the club's IRB crew conducted a thorough search of the bay.

"One of our IRB drivers said he possibly saw something that could have been a shark," Yamba SLSC lifesaving director James Ryan said.

"As part of our duty of care we got everyone out of the water, did a couple of sweeps, nothing was sighted, and reopened the beach after about an hour.

"It's the first beach closure I've had to do in my 10 years of involvement."

Mr Ryan said the procedures carried out by the club were not affected by the increased shark activity and publicity of the issue at beaches such as Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head in the Northern Rivers.

"It was just standard practice in our duty of care to the public," he said. …

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