Rotorwing Helicopter Services spotted a 3m plus great white shark in close proximity to surfers off Boulder Beach in Ballina this morning and evacuated the water. Photo Contributed
Rotorwing Helicopter Services spotted a 3m plus great white shark in close proximity to surfers off Boulder Beach in Ballina this morning and evacuated the water. Photo Contributed Rotorwing Helicoper Services

Great white shark spotted 'close enough to pat'

A PATROL helicopter has cleared the water of more than 10 surfers after a 3m white shark was spotted "close enough to pat" off Boulder Beach at about 10.30am this morning.

Rotorwing Helicopter Services posted photos of the incident saying the "excellent result" of getting surfers out of the water was an understatement.

"These photos do not do the situation justice as when we first spotted this shark it was in the line up with 10 plus surfers," the post says.

"Close enough to pat, everybody in the water responded to our signals and the beach was cleared immediately.

"The shark continued to swim south towards flat rock beach where helicopters continued to monitor its movements."

Rotorwing Helicopter Services spotted a 3m plus great white shark in close proximity to surfers off Boulder Beach in Ballina this morning and evacuated the water. Photo Contributed
Rotorwing Helicopter Services spotted a 3m plus great white shark in close proximity to surfers off Boulder Beach in Ballina this morning and evacuated the water. Photo Contributed Rotorwing Helicoper Services

Another shark was also spotted offshore at Tallows Beach in Byron Bay this morning, but was considered not to be a threat.

Both Rotorwing Helicopters Services and Air T&G Helicopters have been contracted to carry out daily patrols over Northern Rivers beaches during the school holidays.


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