Ballina Mourns Surfer

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A memorial service has been held for a surfer killed by a great white near Ballina five days ago.

Tadashi Nakahara, 41, suffered massive blood loss and died after the attack at Shelly Beach on Monday.

Mourners gathered on the beach this morning to pay tribute to him.

Mr Nakahara, a Japanese national living in Ballina, worked as a board distributor.

Several beaches along the Northern Rivers coast remain closed after several shark sightings. On Friday, police and lifeguards released a statement that said beaches in the Ballina Shire would remain closed until at least 6:00pm on Sunday.

They said there had been several more shark sightings over the past few days and there were large numbers of bait fish in the water which attracts the animals.

Cr Wright said an air surveillance operation is in place.

“We’re going to have Pol-Air and the private helicopter going backwards and forwards up the coast.”

“We’ll have the beaches closed from South Ballina through to Lennox and we’ll have our council rangers and council staff, along with paid lifeguards, just to let people know (entering the water) is at their own risk.”

“We certainly won’t open the beaches until we’re sure, as best as possible, that they are safe.”

Source: ABC News

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