The dangers of rock fishing were again highlighted at Lowlands Beach where a fisherman was caught on camera running for his life from a big swell last week.
Albany landscape photographer Katrina Bartley was working at the notorious outcrop near Denmark on Friday about 5.50pm when she snapped an extraordinary series of pictures showing a man dicing with death on wet rocks in rough conditions at the beach.
She captured the moment a wave crashed over the rocks, nearly 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, I could see how absolutely treacherous it was from where I was at the lookout,” she said.
“He was just oblivious, standing there looking for somewhere to fish, when this wave comes up and he had to bolt to get away – what a tool.”
After she captured the close shave on camera, Ms Bartley said the fisherman turned in her direction and bowed.
“You can’t publish what I’d say to him if I saw him face-to-face,” she said.
“People just need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.”
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.
“Prevention is better than cure, if you do need to fish off rocks, have all the safety gear: the life vest, make sure you have flotation gear,” he said.
“Fish in pairs, let people know where you’re going, try and make sure you have mobile phone coverage if you can, and wear light clothing to try to keep you afloat as long as possible.”Mr Howard said anyone putting their life at risk by not having the appropriate safety gear was a “bloody idiot” and put rescuers lives at risk too.
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