Traps for unwary surfers.

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Traps for unwary surfers.

Postby Dolphin » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:10 am

For all the surfers out there, beware if you are surfing in the Coffs Harbour area. THis was taken from the Police Marine Area Command Facebook page.
Comes on the heels of a girl who had her fingers injured when she walked across a golf course, picked up a golf ball that was glued to a Rabbit trap.

NSW Police Marine Area Command is appealing for information after a surfer was injured when he became entangled in heavy fishing line on the state’s North Coast.

On Sunday 2 September 2012, a surfer was at Diggers Headland, Coffs Harbour, when he became entangled in a heavy fishing line set from the rocks.

He sustained injuries and was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

The line, which was m...ade of heavy monofilament (of at least 100kg breaking strain) and had numerous hooks attached, was similar to a setline that can be lawfully used in deep offshore waters by commercial fishers.

Investigators believe a man used a radio-controlled boat or a Seahorse Electric Kontiki to set the line from the southern end of Diggers Beach on Saturday afternoon (1 September 2012).

Fisheries NSW regulations prohibit the use of setlines for recreational fishers. This incident also occurred within the Solitary Islands Marine Park where unattended lines are banned.

Police would like to speak to the person who set the line or anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Marine Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Schott, said the incident could have had a more serious outcome under different circumstances.

“It’s lucky that the surfer wasn’t more seriously injured.

“If it had been a young child, he or she could have drowned,” Detective Inspector Schott said.

Anyone who has information about this incident is urged to call Coffs Harbour Water Police on 66514981 or the Coffs Harbour Fisheries Office on 02 6652 3977.
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Re: Traps for unwary surfers.

Postby storm petrel » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:35 pm

It is hard enough dodging the beach fisherman at times when surfing; having heavy duty set-lines around anywhere near where people swim is bloody ridiculous! I hope they catch the idiot who set them! Having to push a hook through a muscle to get it out is not my idea of fun.
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