In February 2015 a Japanese man was killed by a shark attack off the coast of New South Wales. The Guardian newspaper reported that this was the fourth fatal incident in five months.
Concerns over the dangers of sharks in Australian waters have grown in recent times, with New South Wales seeing more shark attacks than any other state. If you are planning a trip down under, take some safety precautions while in the water to prevent suffering an unwanted travel accident.
How can I stay safe on the beach in Australia?
- Plan Ahead: Before setting off for the beach, plan your journey in advance to avoid suffering an unwanted road traffic accident en route. Also ensure that you pack items to keep you safe, such as sun cream, and shoes with good grip to avoid suffering a slip, trip or fall into the water.
- Heed warnings: Coastal areas where sharks have recently been sighted should have warnings posted on the beach. Stay out of the water if you are warned to do so. Additionally, avoid steep drop-offs and areas between sandbanks, as these are favourite areas for sharks.
- Know the dangers: The white, tiger and bull sharks are responsible for the vast majority of human fatalities. If you know these sharks are present in the water, exit as safely and quickly as possible. Additionally, avoid swimming near fishing activity, as this may tempt the sharks to come close.
What should I do if I encounter a shark in Australian waters?
If you do encounter a shark in Australian waters, the best way to prevent suffering a personal injury is to exit the water quickly and safely. Do not attempt to get close to the shark, and learn to recognise aggressive behaviour – such as quick, erratic movements – which may signal an imminent attack.
If you have been injured in a shark attack in Australia, perhaps due to negligence on the part of the organisers of your outing, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury compensation. Whether you have suffered a slip or fall, road accident, food poisoning, or any other kind of travel accident, we can help you to make a successful claim.
Our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, completely free of charge, and our operators can be spoken to in complete confidence. We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. Get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you can make a claim.