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Shark sighting prompts evacuation of Gold Coast beach

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A shark sighting on Australia Day has forced the evacuation of a Gold Coast beach.

Surfers Paradise beach was closed by lifesavers about 10.45am on Tuesday.

A Gold Coast lifeguard erects the beach closed sign. (File image)Credit:Chris Hyde – Getty Images

“There was confirmed sighting of a shark attacking a pool of bait fish,” a Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman said.

“Lifesavers immediately evacuated the water and sent IRBs [inflatable rescue boats] and waverunners out to search for the shark.

“The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to do a final patrol to give the all-clear that the shark had moved on from the beach.”

The beach reopened about 11.35am.

The SLSQ spokeswoman previously said the beach was evacuated…



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