REGION - A local surf lifesaver has warned that coastal rocks are "no place for bravado", after two men narrowly avoided being swept off rocks in Port Elliot last week.Safety along local beaches has been swept back into the spotlight after the pair were photographed scrambling for secure footing after being knocked over by a rogue wave on the rocks at Knights Beach on Friday, June 27.Goolwa's Mick Windibank witnessed the incident, and took photos of what he said were two young men on the rocks."This is why people are getting in trouble at our beaches; ignoring signage and not respecting the ocean in general," he said."Lucky boys I reckon."Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club (PESLC) secretary Marty Smee said the rocks from Port Elliot to Knights Beach are dangerous places to be.According to Mr Smee, millions of years of weathering has worn them smooth and slippery when wet, while algae growing on them further reduces grip."The waves are also unpredictable and come in fast," he said."You find it hard to outrun waves; especially on rounded, smooth rocks."Mr Smee said there have been deaths in the area, although decades ago, and recalled at least two incidents in the last few years when PESLC members were required to save people swept off rocks in Green Bay, between Horseshoe Bay and Knights Beach."One of those was life and death, and skilful work on behalf of an IRB (inflatable rescue boat)?crew saved a young man," he said."Other people have received severe abrasions."
These are local informations, thanks to the bystander who took the pictures that makes the case more than just a heresy and they certainly should be made known so other similar areas around the world can learn to prevent future happenings. This rocky shore freaque wave case on Friday, June 27, 2014 is duly recorded as a freaque wave happening thanks to this article. How many similar happenings got lost in the information world because no one's doing the recording. At any rate we are happy that this one got recorded and most happy of all is that everyone's safe and sound just ends up a good lesson. Deo Gratias!