Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - John Dob­son

The ac­tions of two peo­ple who were pic­tured fish­ing off the 40m-high cliff at The Gap last Sun­day have been con­demned by WA’s lead­ing fish­ing group as ’a new level of stu­pid­ity’.

WA’s peak recre­ational fish­ing group has de­scribed the ac­tions of two fish­ers who sat atop a 40mhigh cliff near Al­bany as “a new level of stu­pid­ity”.

The Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser was sent pho­tos of two fish­ers perched on the cliff’s edge at The Gap last Sun­day, op­po­site the new view­ing plat­form.

The pair had no life jack­ets or har­nesses, de­spite cast­ing from the top of the cliff along a no­to­ri­ous stretch of coast, which has claimed at least 12 lives since 1983.

Rec­fish­west safety of­fi­cer Bronte Nardi said it was as­tound­ing be­hav­iour.

“This is ridicu­lous,” she said. “Many peo­ple in the Al­bany com­mu­nity and around WA con­tinue to work tire­lessly to en­sure West Aussies re­turn home safe af­ter a day’s fish­ing,” she said. “This is a new level of stu­pid­ity, with no life jacket or any other safety equip­ment be­ing used.”

Ms Nardi said gen­er­ally fish­ers had im­proved safety across WA in re­cent years.

“We’ve seen a pos­i­tive be­hav­iour change in WA to­wards fish­ing safety, with peo­ple tak­ing more per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said. “These pho­tos are frus­trat­ing to see es­pe­cially as there’s plenty be­ing done around the State to make fish­ing safer.”

Ms Nardi said many lo­ca­tions across WA loaned free life jack­ets in­clud­ing 30 avail­able in Al­bany.

“Rec­fish­west be­lieve all West Aussies should re­turn home safe af­ter a day’s fish­ing,” she said.

The Gap and Nat­u­ral Bridge have des­ig­nated paths with warn­ing signs to de­ter visitors from ven­tur­ing off route, given the dan­gers of the coast.

In March, a man was filmed al­most slip­ping off a 20m high cliff at the Nat­u­ral Bridge in front of dozens of on­look­ers.

The pair sit­ting on a 40m-high cliff at The Gap last Sun­day.

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