Shark report clears beach

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 10:51 17/02/2014

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A surf carnival at New Plymouth's East End beach was put on hold yesterday after a possible shark sighting.

The East End Surf Lifesaving Club was hold its junior carnival at the beach with competitors from Fitzroy, New Plymouth Old Boys and Opunake taking part.

Swimmers were told to get out of the water after a report of a shark in Boulder Bay, off the Te Henui river mouth was made to lifeguards about 2.30pm.

''A woman thought she saw something in the water which she thought might have been a shark but there was no positive identification,'' East End Surf Lifesaving Club member John Honnor told the Taranaki Daily News.

''I don't think it was a confirmed shark sighting.''

He said lifeguards in IRBs checked out the sighting but couldn't find anything and within half an hour swimmers were allowed back in the water.

''It wasn't a big disruption . We really appreciate it being reported, it was the right thing to do and all of the right steps were taken.''

Mr Honnor said despite the small delay it had been a fantastic day.

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