News

Beach lifeline is a ripper idea

The ocean can be a dangerous place if you get caught in a rip and dragged out to sea.
The ocean can be a dangerous place if you get caught in a rip and dragged out to sea.

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.

 

Drowning Statistics

  • 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.

Topics:  drowning, harwood marine, lifeline, ocean, rescue, surf life saving, swimming, yamba




Winning, and losing, comes at a hefty price

GRASPING GOLD: Excelling at sport is ingrained in the Australian psyche, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

LIFE AS I KNOW IT: The cost of being a sporting nation

Monckton to face Group 2 judiciary

Grafton Ghosts will be sweating on a judiciary decision on Nick Monckton.

Ghosts' five-eighth sent from field for abusing match referee.

Council election candidates clear cobwebs for meeting

Council election candidate Andrew Baker says three other members of the last council: Karen Toms, Jim Simmons and Margaret McKenna should be preferenced after him on ballot paper because of their consistent opposition to plans to slug rate payers with special rate rises.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner

Clarence council election candidates have their first public outing.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Buddy Guy lead the 2017 Bluesfest charge

Patti Smith is one of the headline acts confirmed for Bluesfest 2017.

Patti, Billy, Buddy and more to headline five-day festival

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep