Hunt for killer shark near Albany delayed due to wind

Jay Muscat, 17, was a keen fisherman. Photo: Facebook
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Jay Muscat, 17, was a keen fisherman. Photo: Facebook

Jay Muscat, 17, was a keen fisherman. Photo: Facebook

Jay Muscat, 17, was a keen fisherman. Photo: Facebook

Jay Muscat rememberedFatal shark attack near Albany

Baited drum lines deployed in waters off Cheynes Beach, where a shark fatally attacked a spear diver on Monday, have been pulled up due to strong winds in the area.

A Fisheries spokeswoman said the lines designed to catch large sharks were taken in on Tuesday afternoon and fisheries officers would reassess whether to deploy them again on Wednesday morning.

The lines were first deployed in the area about 65 kilometres from Albany on Monday afternoon following the death of 17-year-old Jay Muscat, who was fatally attacked by what was believed to be a 4-5 metre great white shark.

The setting of the drum lines are part of the West Australian government’s policy to kill sharks judged as posing a threat, which includes sharks involved in attacks on humans.

The department spokeswoman said 45km/h winds made for difficult conditions for the officers to monitor the lines. Follow WAtoday on Twitter  

DFES warns it is too late for residents near the fire to leave and doing so would be deadly.  For those who can leave, a temporary shelter has been set up at the Toodyay Town Hall.

The fire is unpredictable and moving north-westerly with burning embers likely to blow around homes.

Jodie Lucas, an employee at Toodyay’s Victoria Hotel said the fire seemed to have started quickly.

She said the main street was quiet but smoke could be seen from the upstairs verandah.

Ms Lucas said while there was a lot of bushland in the South Toodyay area, there was some farmland with homesteads in the area.

Meanwhile, firefighters are at a blaze on Patterson Road in Rockingham.

Main Roads says Patterson Road southbound at Office Road is closed.

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DFES warns it is too late for residents near the fire to leave and doing so would be deadly.  For those who can leave, a temporary shelter has been set up at the Toodyay Town Hall.

The fire is unpredictable and moving north-westerly with burning embers likely to blow around homes.

Jodie Lucas, an employee at Toodyay’s Victoria Hotel said the fire seemed to have started quickly.

She said the main street was quiet but smoke could be seen from the upstairs verandah.

Ms Lucas said while there was a lot of bushland in the South Toodyay area, there was some farmland with homesteads in the area.

Meanwhile, firefighters are at a blaze on Patterson Road in Rockingham.

Main Roads says Patterson Road southbound at Office Road is closed.

More to come…Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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