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Frightening moment swimmers are stranded on famous Australian tourist island as ENORMOUS shark circles in the water beneath them

  • Giant white shark spotted circling underneath popular tourist rock in WA
  • Swimmers were trapped on the rock just off Twilight Beach in Esperance
  • Surf Life Saving Club members were sent to rescue two men onboard a boat
  • Coastal town of Esperance has seen three fatal shark attacks in three years
  • A group of swimmers were left stranded on a popular tourist rock after a gigantic shark began circling in the water beneath them.

    The terrified captives were standing on a large rock a short swim from Twilight Beach in Esperance, on the south coast of Australia Occidentale, lo scorso giovedì.

    Just moments before they jumped from the iconic rock into the ocean the swimmers spotted a large white shark just below the surface.

    Sharks are a common in the waters surrounding the coastal town of Esperance, which has reported three fatal shark attacks in three years.

    White shark traps swimmers at Twilight Beach

    ‘It was crazy’ Two stranded swimmers had to be rescued from the Esperance’s Twilight Beach rock, after a white shark was spotted cruising just below them. [object Window]: https://ab.co/3KxL2Nh 📹: Cale Walker

    Pubblicato da ABC Perth di sabato, gennaio 22, 2022

    Just moments before a group of swimmers jumped from the iconic rock into the crystal-clear ocean the swimmers spotted a large white shark just below the surface (nella foto)

    Just moments before a group of swimmers jumped from the iconic rock into the crystal-clear ocean the swimmers spotted a large white shark just below the surface (nella foto)

    A shark alarm was quickly sounded to warn swimmers on the shore, however those standing on the rock were trapped.

    Local Barry Graham had been standing on the sand at the time and revealed a few members of the group made a dash to shore when they thought the coast was clear.

    Nel frattempo, two others decided to stay put on the rock, and members from the Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club were deployed for the rescue mission.

    In aerial footage of the rock, the gigantic shark is seen swimming leisurely past the captives, oblivious to the panic triggered by its presence.

    Dane Holdman was one of the men inside the inflatable boat that pulled up alongside the rock for the rescue.

    Sharks are a common feature of the coastal town of Esperance in Western Australia (nella foto) which has reported three fatal shark attacks in three years

    Sharks are a common feature of the coastal town of Esperance in Western Australia (nella foto) which has reported three fatal shark attacks in three years

    'Personalmente, I probably wouldn’t have gone in the water, just being the fact there is a shark and there are surf lifesaving members on their way to assist,’ Egli ha detto.

    Locals have called for the WA government to bring in additional measures to curtail fatal shark attacks in the area, of which there have been three since 2017.

    Lo scorso mese, a new shark barrier and safe swimming area was installed at the towns foreshore provide some residents some peace of mind over the summer.

    The facilities have proven popular however locals and dedicated surfers have become increasingly concerned with the amount of sharks in the water.

    Premier Mark McGowan has introduced non-lethal measures in managing sharks like drum-lines, shark deterrent devices and warning systems.

    Lo scorso mese, a new shark barrier and safe swimming area was installed at the towns foreshore to provide some residents some peace of mind over the summer

    Lo scorso mese, a new shark barrier and safe swimming area was installed at the towns foreshore to provide some residents some peace of mind over the summer

    Shark-tagging has proved successful with 41 sharks tagged off the Esperance coast in the past four years, more than half of the total tagged across the state.

    The local community was particularly rattled by the death of diver Gary Johnson who was attacked by a giant shark just south of West Beach in January 2020.

    The 57-year-old had been diving with his wife at the time who tried in vain to save her husband by striking the shark on its nose and tail with a camera.

    Testing of his diving gear revealed the presence of a great white with the tragic death coming less than two years after a teenager was killed in 2017.

    Surfer Andrew Sharpe was also killed in a suspected shark attack in Esperance in October 2020, prompting the installation of three shark warning towers.