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Temporary closure of Jockey Club Wong Shek and Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centres

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (August 30) that the Jockey Club Wong Shek Water Sports Centre and Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centre would be temporarily closed from tomorrow (August 31) as the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had confirmed the discovery of a juvenile shark carcass at Hoi Ha Wan today.

The water sports activities at the artificial lake of Chong Hing Water Sports Centre will continue but all sea touring activities away from the centre will be suspended.

The LCSD will keep close contacts with other government departments, including the Police, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Government Flying Service. The special measures taken at the water sports centres will be lifted when there is no threat of shark.

In the meantime, staff of all gazetted beaches will keep a close watch on the water areas. They will remind the public to swim within swimming zones enclosed by shark protection nets which are inspected by contractors twice a week. Independent contractors will also conduct re-checks so as to make sure that the shark prevention nets function properly.

Ends/Thursday, August 30, 2007
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