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Shark At Port Fairy's East Beach

26 Jan, 2012 01:00 AM

Members of the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club covered themselves in glory as high excitement gripped the East Beach on Tuesday when a shark was spotted in the water.

The shark was spotted by an ultra light aircraft at around 11.30am with the pilot contacting life guards on the beach who made the call to clear the water.

Initial reports suggest that a tiger shark was seen swimming near the old Port Fairy tip site, but life guards have since confirmed that while they were sure it was a shark, it was unclear of what type it was.

The all clear for swimmers to go back in the water was given at 1.15pm.

Professional life guards Ben Carey and Jackson Fary were cool in the crisis with Mr Fary taking control of getting everyone out of the water while Mr Carey headed off in the rescue boat to usher the shark back out to sea and out of harms way.

Mr Fary heaped praise on the behaviour of the people on the beach and on the members of the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club who were present.

"The Port Fairy guys were there on the beach with their families enjoying the day and they didn't hesitate to get up and help us clear the water, they were a brilliant help," Mr Fary said.

"And the people who were in the water got out when they were asked, no one caused any trouble, and they were very patient as they waited to get the all clear to get back in."

 

 

ARTICLE: Shark at Port Fairy's East Beach 26 Jan, 2012 01:00 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.au/ [Accessed 28 January 2012]
IMAGE: Life guards Ben Carey and Jackson Fary give the thumbs up for swimmers to return to the water. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.au [Accessed 28 January 2012]