Shark Nets to be Removed.

Shark Nets to be removed along KZN coastline due to Bad Weather. To all those bathers wanting to take advantage of the heat wave in Durban, please be aware that most beaches in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed as shark nets are being removed owing to large swells expected this week. These swells will be starting […]

Shark Nets to be removed along KZN coastline due to Bad Weather.

To all those bathers wanting to take advantage of the heat wave in Durban, please be aware that most beaches in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed as shark nets are being removed owing to large swells expected this week. These swells will be starting on Wednesday and possibly reaching up to 7m by Thursday evening.

In order to minimise damage or losses, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board will remove or reduce shark safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board  has been tracking the arrival of a cut-off low weather system that is forecast to significantly increase the swell size off the KZN coastline later this week.

Large swells in excess of three metres are being predicted by all weather forecast sites from Thursday evening, 4 June continuing through to Saturday, 6 June.

Durban Waves
Huge Swells Expected in Durban – Photo Credit: Nic Aberdein Photography

The KZN Sharks Board posted the following statement on their Official Facebook Page:

“Very large swells in excess of 3m are being predicted by all weather forecast sites from Thursday evening, the 4th of June continuing through to Sat the 6th of June.

These large swells have the potential to cause severe damage to and dislodge shark safety gear. In order to minimise damage or losses the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, in consultation with the affected Municipalities, is removing shark safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches. Shark safety gear will be reinstated as soon as sea conditions settle.”

Please consult the local lifeguards regarding the status of bathing in your area.

“These large swells have the potential to cause severe damage to and dislodge shark safety gear. In order to minimise damage or losses the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, in consultation with the affected municipalities, will remove or reduce shark safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

There are currently 38 beaches protected by nets and drumlines along the KZN coastline
There are currently 38 beaches protected by nets and drumlines along the KZN coastline

KZN Sharks Board spokesman Mike Anderson-Reade said Umhlanga’s main beach, uShaka and South beaches would be open, but the rest would be closed. Rough seas were expected in Richards Bay, KwaDukuza, and Umhlathuze and these beaches would be without shark nets. Amanzimtoti’s main beach, Phumula Beach, and Margate main beaches will be open, but the rest would be closed.

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Photo Credit: KZN Sharks Board Website

 

“Shark safety gear will remain in the water at certain beaches spread along the coast; however, these will be minimal. Shark safety gear will be reinstated as soon as sea conditions settle. Members of the public visiting beaches during this period are advised to consult the local lifeguards regarding the status of bathing in the area,” said head of operations, Mike Anderson-Reade.

We can expect isolated showers and thundershowers over the southern parts of KZN today. Tomorrow, you can expect isolated showers and thundershowers for the whole province, and on Friday there would be isolated showers and thundershowers along the coast.

By Saturday, the cut-off low should have moved off over the Indian Ocean. So, please be safe if you are deciding to go for a swim or surf.

Source: bereamail.co.za