Tadashi Nakhara. Attacked and killed at Shelly Beach, Ballina. February 13, 2015.
Tadashi Nakhara. Attacked and killed at Shelly Beach, Ballina. February 13, 2015. Contributed

TIMELINE: Shark attacks on North Coast

OVER the past 10 years, there have been at least 18 significant encounters with sharks off our beaches.

Three have been fatal, three required serious medical attention, and others, varying degrees of medical intervention.

One reader tells us that there were also four more confirmed attacks in 2015; January 19,2015 at Byron Bay, January 24, 2015 at Flat Rock, June 24,15 at Byron Bay, and June, 2015 at Yamba.

There are only two other reported fatalities off North Coast Beaches in the past 50 years; Martin Ford was surfing at Tallow Beach at Byron Bay when he was attacked and killed by a shark; and John Ford was scuba diving with his fiance at Julian Rocks on June 9, 1993, when he was attacked and killed by a Great White Shark.

 

January 19, 2007

Thomas Houghton was attacked and killed at Brunswick Heads.

 

October 15, 2007

Linda Whitehurst. Fought off attack after she was knocked off her surf ski at The Pass, Byron Bay

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169732  Linda Whitehurst, pictured at Byron Shire Hospital, indicates how she fended offthe great white shark that attacked her 150 metres off Main Beach while she was paddling her surf ski. Photo taken 15 October 2007. Brenden Allen / The Northern Star
169732 Linda Whitehurst, pictured at Byron Shire Hospital, indicates how she fended offthe great white shark that attacked her 150 metres off Main Beach while she was paddling her surf ski. Photo taken 15 October 2007. Brenden Allen / The Northern Star Brenden Allen

 

November 8, 2007

Craig Evans. Knocked off his surfboard, the shark leaving teeth marks in his board and lacerations in his wetsuit. Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

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April 7, 2008

Peter Edmonds. Attacked and killed body boarding at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina

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Peter Edmonds, died in a shark attack in 2008.
Peter Edmonds, died in a shark attack in 2008. Contributed

 

September 9, 2014

Paul Wilcox. Swimming at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay when he was attacked and killed

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Photograph of Paul Wilcox with wife Victoria that was taken during happier times on their honeymoon 25 years ago. Mr Wilcox died after a shark attack at Byron Bay last week. Photo Contributed
Photograph of Paul Wilcox with wife Victoria that was taken during happier times on their honeymoon 25 years ago. Mr Wilcox died after a shark attack at Byron Bay last week. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

February 8, 2015

Jabeez Reitman. Surfing at Seven Mile Beach, Lennox head, when a shark attacked him and knocking him off his board, leaving lacerations to his back

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Jabeez Reitman. Attacked at Seven Mile Beach. February 8, 2015.
Jabeez Reitman. Attacked at Seven Mile Beach. February 8, 2015. Contributed

 

February 13, 2015

Tadashi Nakahara. Attacked and killed surfing at Shelly Beach, Ballina

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Tadashi Nakhara. Attacked and killed at Shelly Beach, Ballina. February 13, 2015.
Tadashi Nakhara. Attacked and killed at Shelly Beach, Ballina. February 13, 2015. Contributed

 

July 2, 2015

Mathew Lee. Attacked body boarding at North Wall, Ballina

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Shark attack victim Mathew Lee and his partner, Suzy Garada. Photo from the Mathew Lee Official Support Facebook page. Photo contributed
Shark attack victim Mathew Lee and his partner, Suzy Garada. Photo from the Mathew Lee Official Support Facebook page. Photo contributed

 

July 3, 2015

Michael Hoile. Knocked off surfboard at Lennox Point

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Michael Hoile from the Gold Coast is reflecting on his close encounter with a shark that knocked him from his board at Lennox Head on Friday morning. The board has teeth marks and a missing fin after the incident.
Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Michael Hoile from the Gold Coast is reflecting on his close encounter with a shark that knocked him from his board at Lennox Head on Friday morning. The board has teeth marks and a missing fin after the incident. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

 

July 31, 2015

Craig Ison. Attacked at Evans Head while surfing

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Craig Ison. Attacked at Evans Head. September 31, 2015.
Craig Ison. Attacked at Evans Head. September 31, 2015. Contributed

 

November 10, 2015

Sam Morgan. Attacked surfing at Lighthouse Beach. Ballina

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Sam Morgan was attacked by a shark while surfing at Lighthouse Beach Ballina.
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Sam Morgan was attacked by a shark while surfing at Lighthouse Beach Ballina. Photo Contributed Facebook Contributed Facebook

 

April 20, 2016

Zak Kedan. Attacked at Byron Bay

 

May 20, 2016

David Drinkwater. He and other surfers saw a bull shark at North Wall

 

July 26, 2016

Curran See and Harris Lake. Attacked at Sharpes Beach, Skennars Head

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Curran See and Harris Lake had a close encounter with a great white shark at Sharpes Beach, Skennars Head.
Curran See and Harris Lake had a close encounter with a great white shark at Sharpes Beach, Skennars Head. Marc Stapelberg

 

July 26, 2016

Surfer reportedly knocked off surfboard at Shelly Beach

 

September 26, 2016

Cooper Allen. Attacked at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, surfing

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Cooper Allen, 17, was attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, this morning. Photo: Facebook
Cooper Allen, 17, was attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, this morning. Photo: Facebook

 

October 12, 2016

Seneca Rus. Attacked at Sharpes Beach surfing

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Seneca Rus was attacked by a shark at Sharpes Beach near Ballina on Wednesday.
Seneca Rus was attacked by a shark at Sharpes Beach near Ballina on Wednesday. Contributed FAcebook

 

October 24, 2016

Jade Fitzpatrick. Attacked at Broken Head Beach

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November 7, 2018

Shark attack at Shelly Beach, Ballina, surfing.



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