Last week it was the new FAD (fishing attracting device) for Narooma. This week it is a new angel ring, or life buoy, at the newly refurbished Apex Park boat ramp.
Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club president Les Waldock lobbied was involved through Australian National Sportfishing Association’s program. Meanwhile, modifications to Apex ramp are complete, just in time for the busy boating season.
Apex Park boat ramp, with its newly constructed centre walkway, has now an angel ring in a convenient position for use if required. It joins the four 'angel rings' or life buoys already keeping swimmers and boaters safe around Wagonga Inlet and our beautiful coastline.
The angel ring program was started in the 1990's by fishermen from Australian National Sportfishing Association installing them on dangerous rock fishing locations. Installations quickly accelerated around NSW and now Australia wide.
Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club president Les Waldock said they had a fantastic record of saving lives, being thrown to those in need, in the water and supporting the swimmer until assistance arrives.
The other Narooma area angel rings are positioned on both north and south breakwaters at the bar entrance to Wagonga Inlet, the south end of Bar Beach, on the rocks below the Narooma golf course.
The Tuross area meanwhile is also set to get a few more angel rings if a few public liability issues can be overcome. The Tuross Head Fishing Club on its website says it has been approached to install angel rings at another three locations.
The club secretary has been advised that National Parks, who have requested rings be installed in one of their parks, and Crown Lands are now insisting on additional public liability insurance be taken out by Recreational Fishing Australia and ANSA, but is seeking clarification.