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Shark warning comes from Keppel MP

SWIMMERS are reminded to follow simple safety tips to reduce the risk of shark attack these summer holidays.

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said while shark control equipment was in place to reduce the possibility of shark attack along parts of the Capricorn Coast, it was not an "impenetrable barrier”.

"It's important that swimmers remain aware of the risk of sharks and take care in any open body of water, wherever they swim,” she said.

"You should always swim at patrolled beaches and between the flags so you can be alerted, or assisted, if a shark is spotted.

"Swimmers also should consider when they swim. Sharks are known to be most active after dusk, at night or before dawn.”

Advice to public

Swim or surf only at patrolled beaches and between the flags

Obey lifesavers' and lifeguards' advice, and heed all sign and safety warnings

Leave the water immediately if a shark is sighted

Do not swim or surf after dusk, at night or before dawn when sharks are most active

Do not swim or surf in murky waters

Do not swim in or near mouths of estuaries, artificial canals and lakes

Never swim alone

Never swim when bleeding

Do not swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned

Do not swim near or interfere with shark control equipment

Do not swim with animals.



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