Beach signs to warn of dangers at lagoon

An example of a sign that will be erected at Yanchep Lagoon.
An example of a sign that will be erected at Yanchep Lagoon.

As part of a coastal safety risk audit, conducted by Surf Life Saving WA, the City of Wanneroo has designed six signs for the lagoon area and four for the adjoining Fisherman’s Hollow.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the signs would be erected in coming weeks, before the official start of beach safety patrols.

‘The signs warn of dangerous currents, submerged rocks, dumping waves and a steep drop off,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘The City is doing what it can to ensure beachgoers enjoy our coastline safely.

‘I strongly urge everyone to be careful in and around the water at all times.’

The mayor’s comments this week came after a Yanchep man (30) went missing at the lagoon last Saturday evening.

‘Everyone at the City is saddened by the incident at one of our beaches on the weekend,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.’

Yanchep Police Sergeant Jason Macander said although the main search was suspended on Monday, his officers were continuing daily patrols of the beach.

‘We still have no idea exactly what happened,’ Sgt Macander said.

‘The priority for us in a search is obviously to find everyone’s loved one but we are trying desperately to find some answers for the family.’

Sgt Macander said the family had asked to withhold the missing man’s name, adding relatives from overseas were travelling to Perth.

Mrs Roberts said installation of 15 signs at Clayton’s Beach took priority after two drownings there earlier this year.

She said they would install another 78 signs at beaches along Wanneroo’s 32km coastline.