The Cape Navigator

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Shark Sighting Prompts Temporary Closure of Voëlklip and Kammabaai Beaches

Michael Hawthorne

HERMANUS – Voëlklip and Kammabaai beaches in the popular coastal town of Hermanus have been temporarily closed due to a shark sighting on March 20, 2024. The closure comes after lifeguards observed sharks swimming close to the shore, posing a potential risk to swimmers.

In a statement released by authorities, the beach closure is a precautionary measure designed to ensure the safety of the public. Overstrand Municipal Manager, Dean O’Neill, stated: “We will re-open the beach for swimming as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Beach-goers are strongly urged to heed the warnings issued by lifeguards and to follow safety instructions carefully. This temporary closure highlights the importance of respecting the ocean and its wildlife, and beach users are encouraged to exercise caution when swimming in areas known for shark activity.

Updates on the beach reopening status will be provided as they become available.


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