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Shark forces re-closure of WA beach

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Rangers have closed Gracetown Beach on the WA south-west coast after a five-metre shark was spotted there this afternoon.

The Department of Fisheries has a vessel on the way to Gracetown and Surf Life Saving helicopter patrols are already underway.

The beaches will remain closed for 24 hours – until 2pm (WST) on Wednesday – as a precaution.

Chris Boyd, 35, was surfing at the popular surf break Umbies off Gracetown when a suspected great white shark bounced off another surfer’s board and attacked him on Saturday morning.

An imminent threat order issued after the shark attack was rescinded on Monday night after the Department failed to catch a shark potentially responsible for the attack.