Hunter beaches re-open following shark attack

Hunter beaches have re-opened following yesterday's shark attack at Redhead but jet ski and helicopter patrols will continue to scan the sea.

Newcastle City Council says a jet ski will stay on roving patrol today and the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter will sweep over the beaches as it embarks on and returns from missions.

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie city councils will also liaise throughout the day.

Schools of baitfish, which attracted what some observers have said was an unprecedented amount of activity off the region’s beaches yesterday, have moved further out to sea.

A school of hammerheads off Swansea was the only shark activity reported this morning.

For pictures from Redhead Beach yesterday, click on the image above.

Redhead Beach shark attack victim stable

Tattoo artist Glen "Lenny" Folkard is in a stable and lucid condition at John Hunter Hospital following yesterday's shark attack at Redhead Beach.

Mr Folkard was surfing about 4.45pm when he was struck by what was believed to be a bull shark.

The shark took a large chunk from his thigh and his board before dragging him under water, witnesses said.

VIDEO: The Newcastle Herald went to Redhead Beach this morning to find out how people were feeling about the shark attack.


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