IF YOU have ever been swept to sea by a strong rip then I am sure you wish there was a conveniently placed lifeline nearby and Ross Roberts believes we now have the technology to make that happen.
Mr Roberts, who is the managing director of Harwood Marine, has come up with a simple and ingenious solution to the ocean phenomena which is the most common cause of drowning deaths.
The idea is to anchor a rope with a series of buoys attached to it to the beach and float it out into a rip.
The rope should move with the rip, meaning that at all times swimmers have access to a convenient lifeline.
"You can make it for just under $1000," said Mr Roberts.
"Instead of a drowning person waiting for someone to save them this gives the opportunity to save themselves."
Mr Roberts put the idea to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and even tested a prototype at Yamba's main beach.
"I just think this idea is good common sense and there is no other way for people to save themselves," he said.
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said the invention was a good idea and one that he would support.
"I am happy to take this idea to SLSA and see if we can talk about it," he said.
- 315 people drowned in Australia over the past year.
- The majority of these deaths occurred in the ocean.
- More people (107) died in NSW than any other state or territory.