A large shark has been spotted just offshore this morning at Ballina near a group of surfers. Police and Surf Life Saving have closed beaches in the area for the few hours and are urging people to stay out of the water.
Ballina SLSC members have helped police clear the water and erected beach closed signs. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is conducting aerial patrols along with volunteers aboard the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat and an Inflatable Rescue Boat from the surf club.
The following beaches are closed until further notice: Sharpes Beach, Angels Beach, Shelly Beach and Lighthouse Beach.