Surfers suffer shark scare at remote break
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 December, 2016 - Ten surfers are thankful two boats were nearby to pluck them from the waters off Rottnest Island in Western Australia today. The group of surfers had a shark scare while sitting in the lineup 210 yards from the nearest dry land.
The boaters picked up the surfers shortly after a shark alarm was sounded, saving the group from having to endure the long, nervous and potentially dangerous paddle back to shore.
"The two good samaritan boaties came over from Thomson Bay area and then the surfers jumped on board the two boats... it all happened within minutes with the helicopter circling above," a witness told WA Today.
Surf Lifesaving WA reported an unknown species of shark in the 8-foot range was spotted at that time.
Bicycles and walking are the only way to get around on Rottnest Island. Many surfers use bikes to access the waves at Strickland Bay, the island's main break.