Southern Gold Coast beaches closed as shark hunt begins

All Gold Coast beaches between Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads are closed today, as a shark hunt gets underway following last night’s tragedy.

46-year-old Nick Slater was attacked at Greenmount Beach around 5.00pm on Tuesday, with surfers rushing to his aid and getting him to shore as quickly as possible.

Sadly, the wound to his leg was too severe, and he couldn’t be saved.


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Mayor Tom Tate says the beaches will stay shut today, and authorities are out looking for the shark.

I think once we know that the shark is not in the vicinity or we have tracked it, then the beach wills reopened. It just – you just have to know before you make your next move,” the Mayor said this morning. 

“Just give us a day to find out where this shark has gone,” he added.

Meantime, local leaders have passed on their condolences to Nick’s family and friends, as well as the tight-knit surfing community on the southern Gold Coast.

The beach was evacuated last night, with lifeguards closing them off today. Surf Life Saving Queensland is assisting with patrols.

“The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service left at first light this morning, Wednesday 9 September, to assist City of Gold Coast lifeguards and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) lifesavers in patrolling Gold Coast beaches, following Tuesday afternoon’s tragedy at Greenmount Beach.

“Beaches from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks will be closed, with SLSQ assisting the City of Gold Coast by providing four Wave Runner patrols which will operate between Burleigh and Tweed River,” a statement from Surf Life Saving Queensland reads.

Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife has told The Today Show, it’s a grim day on the beach for locals.

“Our Westpac helicopter up most days and there hasn’t been sights of sharks in the last couple of weeks.

“Unfortunately it is whale season and whales are heading back south, but yeah, it’s not – not something very common here on the Gold Coast and our life savers and lifeguards all beaches are closed from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks today and also we have our waive runners out roving and making sure the public are safe and warning them to stay out of the water and also we have our Westpac chopper doing patrols also,” Mr Fife said.

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