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JOINT STATEMENT FROM CR JIM SIMMONS AND GENERAL MANAGER ASHLEY LINDSAY REGARDING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF MANI HART-DEVILLE
We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of this young man, Mani Hart-Deville.
Minnie Water is a small close-knit village and the communities of Minnie Water and Wooli will be hurting.
Those that came to Mani’s aid were local surfers who witnessed the attack and friends from the local community, with experienced lifesavers responding as well. We believe one was a life member of Yamba Surf Life Saving Club. Mani attended school at South Grafton High, so the impact of this tragic event will reach across the Clarence Valley.
We will be doing all we can to support the community through the shock and grief. The beach was not patrolled at this time of year, but it and all beaches in the Clarence Valley Council area from Iluka to Wooli have been closed and attempts will be made, by the Surf Life Saving Service, to locate the shark over the coming days.
On behalf of council we wish to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the community.
SUNDAY 12 JULY 2020