No shark found at Repulse Bay
In response to press enquiries regarding two alleged reports that a shark-like-object was sighted at Repulse Bay yesterday afternoon (June 7) and today (June 8), a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said that after thorough searches by LCSD staff and Police, no shark had been found in the waters off Repulse Bay.
Reports were made to Police yesterday and today saying that a man had spotted a shark-like-object in the waters off Repulse Bay.
In response to the reports, lifeguards on the beach and Police officers deployed to the scene mounted comprehensive searches off Repulse Bay but no shark or the like was found.
The spokesman said that since no shark had been sighted in the waters off Repulse Bay, it was not considered necessary to hoist the shark warning flags and red flags at the beach.
He also said that shark nets had been installed at Repulse Bay and 29 other beaches managed by the department.
"These shark nets are checked regularly by the department's contractors," he said.
He added that contingency plans were in place in the event that sharks were sighted.
In the event of a shark sighting at any of the gazetted beaches, beach staff will immediately advise swimmers, through the public announcement system, to leave the water.
At the same time, the shark warning flags and red flags will be hoisted, informing the public that the beach is not suitable for swimming.
The spokesman appealed to beachgoers who think they might have sighted sharks or shark-like-objects in the waters off gazetted beaches to make a report immediately to lifeguards on duty at the beaches or to the Police.
Ends/Tuesday, June 8, 2004