LIFEJACKET BACK­ING

Op­po­si­tion leader sup­ports loom­ing manda­tory lifejacket trial at rock fish­ing hotspots.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Toby Hussey

The State Op­po­si­tion leader sup­ports the up­com­ing manda­tory lifejacket trial at sites re­puted for their dan­ger.

Dr Mike Na­han’s back­ing of the State Govern­ment’s trial, which has not yet be­gun, gives it cross-Par­lia­ment sup­port.

The pro­posed manda­tory lifejacket trial was an­nounced by Premier Mark McGowan in April af­ter the death of Albany fish­er­man Sam Roth, who drowned at The Deep, west of Albany, and the res­cue of two men who were washed off rocks at Salmon Holes.

Mr Roth’s death was the sixth drown­ing death off the south coast in the past four years.

“Freak waves have killed quite a few and en­dan­gered very many,” Dr Na­han said.

“If you tether your­self, you still get smashed up quite a bit, and (for) some peo­ple . . . the tether doesn’t work.

“I bi­cy­cle, my son does, and I fought with him to wear a hel­met.

“It is dan­ger­ous in the ex­treme to bi­cy­cle with­out a hel­met and dan­ger­ous in the ex­treme to go on these rocks with­out flota­tion gear.”

City of Albany Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton has also given the thumbs up to the trial.

While few de­tails of the trial have been re­leased, it is be­lieved fish­ers caught not wear­ing life­jack­ets at des­ig­nated coastal dan­ger spots, which in­cludes Albany’s no­to­ri­ous Salmon Holes, could be fined.

Up­dates on trial prepa­ra­tions are ex­pected in De­cem­ber.

Pic­ture: Mo­gens Jo­hansen

WA Lib­eral leader Mike Na­han.

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