Police urge caution in the water

Published: Tue 19 Dec 2023 12:34 PM
Southland Police are encouraging people to be conscious of the environment they are in after a woman was bitten on the leg by a shark in Riverton.
The 21-year-old was walking in knee-deep water in the estuary, near the Riverton rugby grounds, about 2am on Monday, when she received a significant laceration to her leg that required treatment from emergency services.
The culprit is possibly a sevengill shark, which are present in the estuary. The time of day is a possible factor.
Riverton is a popular holiday destination, and Police ask that anyone heading into the water follow safety guidelines and avoid late-night swims.
Water Safety NZ has resources and advice [1] for all water-going holidaymakers.

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