Moruya beaches have been reopened to the the public following a shark sighting on Thursday afternoon.
Lifeguarding Services Australia chief lifeguard Stan Wall said the Moruya and North Head beaches were reopened at about 3pm after a 2-2.5 metre shark was spotted 10 metres from the shore.
He said aerial and on-water patrols were conducted prior to the reopening.
“The Lifesaver 23 helicopter did a flyover on its way back from a call to Narooma and 20 minutes later, we sent jet ski out for a final check before we opened the beaches,” Mr Wall said.
He said the shark was believed to be a great white.
Despite the sighting, beachgoers can be assured of several measures in place to protect their safety.
“The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) also has a shark-spotting helicopter run up and down the coast from Kiama to Eden twice per day,” Mr Wall said.
“We also have Lifesaver Rescue patrol Eurobodalla beaches on our behalf.
“We have the shark listening station now, but that only picks up tagged sharks.”
Westpac Life Saver Helicopter CEO Stephen Leahy said his crews ran patrols on summer weekends, public holidays and other busy days.
“We keep an eye on unpatrolled beaches, dangerous locations and identify at-risk rock-fishermen,” Mr Leahy said.
“If helicopter crew, life guards or surf lifesavers indicate you need to leave the water, heed those warnings as you are in imminent danger.”
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