Surfers who previously considered the Boat Ramps surf break one of the safer spots in the region say the nearby sirens aren’t enough to help anyone getting in trouble. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River controls two towers at Gas Bay and Surfers Point, but the alarms were reportedly not activated until an hour after the recent attack on surfer Jack Frost, according to Margaret River Recreational Surfers committee member Bec Sheedy-Ryan. “We could really improve some of the infrastructure that we already have in place like the shark alarms that we have at the beach,” she told the Times. “We need an override set up to immediately and clearly be able to communicate with other ocean users that a shark incident has occurred, especially if they are already in the water. “After the Boat Ramps attack, it took at least one hour for the shark warning siren and verbal information to come on, which is way too slow and ineffective for a real-time incident.” The lights and speaker system attached to those towers was also difficult for surfers to perceive out in the water, Ms Sheedy-Ryan said. Her concerns were echoed by Recreational Surfers president Jim Ross who told the Times a better system was needed. Attack survivor Jack Frost said another surfer headed out towards the break while he was paddling in, but because of his injuries and the distance he was unable to warn him. Shire chief executive Stephanie Addison-Brown said the twin towers supported the work of other agencies. “The Shire supports other agencies such as the Department of Fisheries, Department of Parks and Wildlife, WA Police, Surf Life Saving WA and other local government authorities to respond to shark threat within their jurisdictions, and will activate the Spectur Tower alarm once official confirmation has been received by relevant authorities,” she said. “The safety of our community remains our highest priority and any shark sighting or incident should be reported directly to the Water Police on 9442 8600. “This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response.” Ms Addison-Brown thanked community members who were on hand to help the attack victim. “We are thankful his injuries were not life threatening and wish the young surfer a speedy recovery,” she said. “Our oceans remain the natural habitat for all types of sea life including sharks and it’s important for recreational ocean users to be aware of the inherent risks of entering the shared waters with these creatures.” A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesperson said the agency was investigating the incident, but was not involved in the Gnarabup system. “DPIRD will also undertake analysis to try and determine the size and species of shark involved,” the spokesperson said. “Warnings are issued via the Shark Smart website and will continue to be updated if there is new information. “We encourage beach users to monitor the SharkSmart WA app or the SharkSmart website to stay informed for reported shark sightings and detections.” DPIRD said more than 131,000 users had downloaded the app.