The scene of a shark attack on Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay where a man in his fifties died 09/09/2014.
The scene of a shark attack on Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay where a man in his fifties died 09/09/2014. Cathy Adams

Byron's beaches remain closed following fatal shark attack

BYRON Bay's beaches remain closed today following yesterday's fatal shark attack.

Byron Shire Council announced soon after the attack the beaches would be closed for 24 hours.

However, Surf Life Saving NSW says life guards will remain at the beach all day today to prevent anyone going into the water.

"We want to ensure that beachgoers around the Byron Shire region stay clear of the water until it is safe to return," Australian Lifeguard Service NSW Coordinator Brent Manieri said in a statement.

"We've been working closely with Council who have been very proactive in putting lifeguards on the beach and will continue to take direction from Council and DPI," Mr Manieri said.

The beach between Belongil and Tallow would remain closed until the Department of Primary Industries and Marine Parks gave the all clear.

The lifeguard jetski, the Ballina Jet Boat and Department of Primary Industries officers will remain on the water throughout the day.

They are hoping to herd the shark out of the bay, although attempts to do so yesterday were unsuccessful.


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