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Esperance Marine Safety Group demands deadly drum line

The Marine Safety Group has called on the Government of Western Australia to deploy a deadly drum line immediately after the shark attack to eliminate “problem animals.”

New demand emerged after Andrew Sharp was caught on suspicion of a five-meter great white shark while surfing in the infamous kelp bed of Wylie Bay in Esperance, southern Washington, on Friday morning. ..

Mr. Sharp, 52, was underwater with some other people at the time, but they couldn’t save him.

His damaged surfboard was washed away, and after a three-day search, only two wetsuits were recovered, so authorities stopped the search at the blessing of Mr Sharp’s family.

Mitch Capelli, chairman of the Esperance Marine Safety Assistance Group, said the communities involved have re-requested the state government for a clear action plan in the event of an “aggressive shark attack.”

“People are dying and we need to do more to support our community,” Capelli said in a statement.

“This is not our reality. Before more tragedy occurs, we must learn from our mistakes and mitigate the shark problem.”

The group wants to deploy a deadly drum line immediately after the attack to get rid of the “problem animals”.

“Given that we know that sharks will return to the same place, we believe there is no lack of scientific evidence to support this sequence of actions,” Capelli said.

“Events of this kind will continue to occur and history will repeat unless there is a clear plan for immediate action aimed at mitigating future risks.

“Our ideas are directed not only to families, but also to surfers who have witnessed the recent horrific shark attacks.”

Premier Mark Magawan previously excluded the development of drum lines.

Western Australia’s Minister of Fisheries, Peter Tinley, will meet with a sad community later on Monday.

Kelp Beds is a popular surf break, where 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer was fatally bitten while surfing with her father in April 2017.

Surfer Sean Pollard was also beaten in Wylie Bay in 2014, losing his right hand and left arm, but he survived.

In January, an experienced diver, Gary Johnson, was taken to a shark near Cal Island near West Beach in Esperance.

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