South Coast swimmers were treated to a fairly dramatic demonstration of why they should swim between the flags when more than 50 sharks were sighted off a sandbar on Sunday (15 November).
The Moruya Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew alerted lifesavers to the shiver of 1-1.5-metre sharks, which were hunting fish in the crystal clear waters between Moruya and Broulee.
The #Moruya #Lifesaver crew undertaking a few preventative actions with over 50 sharks 🦈 sighted between Moruya and #Broulee and both the Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club and our crew taking some actions to ensure all were safe. Remember to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags and be alert. #lifesaverhelo #shark #sharks #amazingcreatures #thisislifesaving #mysurflife #newsouthwales
Posted by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters on Saturday, November 14, 2020
They also captured vision of the scene, which Broulee Surf Club secretary Andrew Edmunds said was surprising.
“It’s pretty unusual to get such good aerial video of nature in action,” Mr Edmunds said.
“[Clearing swimmers from the water at Broulee] all worked like clockwork and highlights the value of swimming at patrolled locations.”
The first early taste of hot summer weather had people flocking to beaches across the region, with an estimated 300 people on the beach at Broulee and about 60 people in the water.
A large group of children doing Nippers’ training were in the water earlier with a pod of dolphins.
According to reports, beachgoers approached the patrol saying they saw “really big fish” near Bengello Creek.
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A radio call told them about 40 sharks were heading north from that area and a helicopter was on its way.
Volunteers evacuated South Brou Beach and warned others along the stretch towards the Moruya Airport, although some people chose to stay in the water.
The beaches were given the all-clear about 3:00 pm.