Surfers say 'oh well' to shark

THEY knew there was a shark in the water, but some surfers in Yamba chose to keep surfing, despite warnings from the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club (YSLC).

On Sunday three shark sightings were reported to YSLC volunteer patrol members - each describing a 'big shark' swimming in the water between Main and Convent beaches.

YSLC Captain Stephen Herbert said on two occasions surf club members went out in the rubber duckie to warn surfers there was a shark around.

While some people went ashore, Mr Herbert said on both occasions a number of surfers stayed in the water.

“They just went 'oh well',” he said.

The YSLC does not have the authority to force surfers to leave the water, it can only advise them of the dangers.

“We just have to be on standby and hope nothing happens,” Mr Herbert said.

The irony of the situation was it was the YSLC patrols responsibility to rescue the surfers if they had been attacked.

Mr Herbert urged surfers and swimmers to be sensible.

“People need to be aware that there have been a lot of bait fish around and a lot of shark sightings recently,” Mr Herbert said.

“Don't swim early in the morning or late in the evening and take head of warnings.”

Mr Herbert said the club would continue to sound the shark alarm and close the beach if sightings were made.

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