Steve King’s custom board after an altercation with a shark at Angouries’ Back Beach on Sunday.
Steve King’s custom board after an altercation with a shark at Angouries’ Back Beach on Sunday.

Shark attack didn't deter swimmers

SWIMMERS at Yamba's Main Beach on Sunday were calm and joyful despite a frightful altercation between surfer Steve King and an unidentified shark at Angourie in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club president Alan Schofield said while Main Beach doesn't have a history of shark-related incidents, the team at the club do their patrols regularly and have no problems sounding the alarm if one is ever sighted.

"We get out on rubber duckies and do our watches," he said.

"Lucky for us though when there have been sharks in our area, they have been at Angourie, or further north in Ballina and Byron.

"I think everyone who goes out into the water though takes the risk, but we are very fortunate on Main Beach."

 

Shark attacks

NSW: 298 shark attacks in total; 69 have been fatal and 167 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred in Ballina in 2008.

QLD: 301 shark attacks in total; 89 have been fatal and 186 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred in Fantome Island this year.

WA: 120 shark attacks in total; 19 have been fatal and 80 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred in Rottnest Island this year.

SA: 62 shark attacks in total; 19 have been fatal and 35 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred in Coffin Bay this year.

VIC: 58 shark attacks in total. 12 have been fatal and 29 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred at the Mornington Peninsula in 1977.

TAS: 23 shark attacks in total; five have been fatal and 10 have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred at Tenth Island in 1993.

NT: 15 shark attacks in total; two have been fatal and nine have resulted in injury. The last fatality occurred at Bathurst Island in 1938.



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