The dangers of rock fishing were highlighted at Lowlands beach when a photographer captured a fisherman running for his life from a big swell.
Albany landscape photographer Katrina Bartley was working at the notorious outcrop near Denmark last Friday about 5.50pm when she snapped extraordinary pictures showing a man dicing with death on slippery rocks in rough conditions at the beach.
She captured the moment a wave crashed over the rocks, almost knocking over the fisherman, who was forced to run for his life to escape being swept into the ocean.
"It was exceptionally big swell and the wind was coming straight in," Ms Bartley said.
"I could see how absolutely treacherous it was from where I was at the lookout.
"He was just oblivious, standing there looking for somewhere to fish when this wave comes up and he had to bolt to get away."
Ms Bartley said that after she captured the close shave, the fisherman turned in her direction and bowed.
"People just need to be aware of their surroundings at all times," she said. Albany Sea Rescue president Jason Howard said people continued to ignore basic rock fishing safety advice, even after a rock fisherman drowned at Twilight beach near Esperance on Sunday.Mr Howard said anyone who did not have appropriate safety gear was a "bloody idiot" and putting the lives of rescuers at risk.
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