Why hi-tech anti-shark system that could have saved Sydney great white attack victim was only deployed AFTER Air Force hero was killed in horrific mauling
- Sydney beachside councils install SMART drumlines after Little Bay shark attack
- The councils had promised to install the shark deterrant technology by summer
- Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders denied there was a delay in the rollout
- Technology is designed to protect swimmers by alerting authorities to sharks
- Simon Nellist, 35, was mauled by a shark off Little Bay Beach on Wednesday
A lifesaving piece of technology, which could have saved the life of a swimmer mauled to death by a Great White Shark, has only just been put to use by Sydney Councils.
Simon Nellist, 35, was mauled by a 4.5m shark at Little Bay Beach in Sydney’s east on Wednesday afternoon while training for an ocean swim event.
The horrific attack has raised questions on why shark deterrent technology was not installed by Randwick Council, despite promises the technology would be deployed in time for summer.
Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time (SMART) drumlines (pictured) wil be rolled out across Sydney beaches after a fatal shark attack took the life of Simon Nellist off Little Bay Beach on Wednesday
Every Sydney beachside council pledged Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time (SMART) drumlines would be introduced to beaches across the city, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
The technology is designed to provide greater protection to swimmers by alerting authorities to a shark’s presence.
On Thursday, six SMART drumlines were installed in the Randwick Council area stretching from Malabar to Little Bay to search for the Great White responsible for Mr Nellist’s death.
Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said, ‘The commitment from the NSW government was for the drumlines to be in place by the end of summer.’
The UK Armed Forces veteran, was due to marry his fiancée Jessie Ho this summer before the fatal mauling
He denied there was a ‘delay in the rollout of our drumline program’, despite there only being a fortnight left of summer.
From Saturday, another 15 SMART drumlines will be installed from Little Bay to Bondi.
Additional shark nets and listening stations will also be installed in four Sydney Council areas in the coming weeks.
Former Australian surfing champion and commentator Nick Carroll has criticised the government’s decision to wait until the end of summer to install the drumlines.
He told the news outlet the government had lost momentum on the issue as warm weather attracted more sharks and fish to beaches.
‘Most scientists are concerned about the wellbeing of the white shark population, and they don’t want to spook the horses. But someone has been eaten off a Sydney beach. How long is it going to be until an eight-year-old is killed?’ he said.
Controversy surrounds the use of drumlines, which are often used in conjunction with shark nets, to trap and kill a shark.
The horrific attack has raised questions on why shark deterrent technology was not installed in Sydney beaches despite promises from council it would be deployed by summer
Mr Nellist himself had criticised the effectiveness of drumlines in a post shared to Facebook six months prior to the brutal attack.
‘Shark nets and drumlines protect no one and kill all kinds of marine life each year,’ he wrote.
However, SMART drumline technology can be used to detect and move a shark drastically reducing the harm to marine wildlife.
The system involves a bait dangling in the ocean attached to a buoy, so that when the shark takes the bait it triggers a magnet which sets off a solar-powered beacon to alert officials on the shore.
The communication unit, attached to the drumline, sends an email and text message to researchers and contractors within minutes of a shark tripping the line.
Simon Nellist has been remembered by shocked friends as a man who loved adventure and was adored by all of those around him.
The UK Armed Forces veteran, who grew up in Cornwall, in the country’s south-west, was also due to marry his fiancée Jessie Ho this summer.
His aunt Jacqui Seager, 62, said: ‘I don’t think Simon would want the shark to be killed. He loved nature.
‘He swam with sharks before. This isn’t the first time he’s gone out and seen them but he would still go out swimming. That’s brave.
‘I don’t think he ever thought they would hurt him. Sadly, this time it managed to get to him.
‘It’s absolutely horrendous. We are all in shock.’
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