Suspected Shark Attack: Surf Life Saving Patrol Update
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Posted January 08, 2021
Emergency Services ,
Surf Lifesaving New Zealand has issued an update after the tragic circumstances at Waihi Beach yesterday:
Surf Lifeguards assisted in the recovery of a suspected shark attack victim at Bowentown, near Waihi Beach, yesterday afternoon.
The local council has chosen not to close Bowentown/Waihi Beach today.
Otawhiwhi Marae Trust have instigated a rāhui spanning the North End of Waihi Beach down to Bowentown Heads and in harbour to Ongare, Tuapiro & Tanner Point. The rāhui prohibits the collection of shellfish and all fishing and will remain in place for a week from today (ending Jan 15th at 7am).
Observational patrols will take place at Bowentown today but flags will not be put out.
Flagged patrols will take place at nearby Waihi Beach and Island View, but these are weather-dependent.
Surrounding beaches will be patrolled as usual today.
From tomorrow morning (Jan 9) all patrols will resume as per usual.
Our collective thoughts are with the Surf Lifeguards involved in this tragic incident, as well as with the patient’s whānau and loved ones.