FISH FOR BRAINS
NO HARNESS NO LIFE JACKET NO IDEA
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.