| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Sydney beaches close after first fatal shark attack in 60 years

On Thursday, several Sydney beaches, including the famed Bondi and Bronte, were closed after a swimmer was killed in a shark attack, the city’s first such fatality in nearly 60 years.

Drum lines, which are intended to attract sharks, have been strung up near the assault scene, and officials are using drones to see whether the shark is still there.

On Wednesday afternoon, a shark attacked a person off Little Bay beach, roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Australia’s largest city and near the entrance to Botany Bay, according to a video posted online. The name of the swimmer has yet to be revealed by police.

Dylan Parker, the mayor of Randwick Council, which covers Little Bay, told Reuters, “This has been a tremendous shock for our community.” “Our shoreline is our backyard, and a tragic loss under such horrific circumstances is entirely unexpected.”

The attack occurs just days before the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, an annual charity event at a nearby beach that attracts thousands of swimmers. Organizers said they were keeping an eye on the situation and that if the event had to be rescheduled, it would take place on March 6.

According to a representative for the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, shark experts think the assault was carried out by a white shark measuring at least 3 meters (9.8 ft) in length. According to records, it was Sydney’s first deadly shark attack since 1963.

On a sweltering summer day with temperatures hovering over 30 degrees Celsius, authorities have warned residents to stay out of the water (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

“A few wild surfers continue to take the danger, but the majority of us pay attention and stay out of the water until the sharks have passed.” To be honest, driving is a lot more risky,” local resident Karen Romalis told Reuters.

  • Reuters