Following shark attack, Hua Hin places safety net in water to keep sharks from swimmers

Shark bite victim Werner Danielsen, left, and the beach where the incident occurred, right. Photos: NNT
Shark bite victim Werner Danielsen, left, and the beach where the incident occurred, right. Photos: NNT

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and local authorities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, where Hua Hin is located, are in the process of placing a 350-meter long net in the ocean to keep beachgoers at Hat Sai Noi Beach safe, in the wake of a shark attack on Sunday.

A Norwegian tourist, Werner Danielsen, 54, was bitten by a bull shark while swimming at the tourist beach in Hua Hin on April 15. It was estimated by the large wound on his left leg that he was bitten by a young shark that was just a year or so old and a meter long. The tourist remains at Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital and he is expected to recover fully after getting 19 stitches and a damaged tendon.

To prevent shark attacks in the future, DMCR officials and local authorities decided a net in the water will keep sharks away from swimmers, reported NNT.

The Hua Hin beachfront is off-limits until the installation of the net is completed, it’s expected to take about 20 days. DMCR officers are patrolling the area where the bull shark was found.

Warning signs in Thai, English, and Chinese will be set up along the beach. Hotel and restaurant operators have been asked to inform their customers of the new safety regulations.

 

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