Coast cams a first for Albany and Denmark

Daryna ZadvirnaAlbany Advertiser
Senior Inspector Alex Ryan and the Department of Transport’s Ian Terry.
Camera IconSenior Inspector Alex Ryan and the Department of Transport’s Ian Terry. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

Two coast cams installed last week in Albany and Denmark — the first in the Great Southern — are set to boost community marine safety.

Local surfers, swimmers and sailors will able check out the state of the sea before heading out, with online access to the cam’s live vision at the Albany Surf Life Saving Club and the Peaceful Bay Sea Rescue premises.

The initiative was proposed to the Department of Transport by Albany’s senior police inspector Alex Ryan earlier this year.

As a mariner, Insp. Ryan said the cams would significantly improve the safety of people heading out on the water.

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“A lot of people have boats here and go out into the water a lot, so it just seemed logical to have them in areas like Albany and Peaceful Bay, which also get a big seasonal influx of holiday makers in their vessels,” he said.

“And that’s the beauty of these cameras — they do provide real-time observation about what’s actually happening out on the water, so from a community safety perspective, it’s a big win for the Great Southern.”

ASLSC manager Sarah Bowles said she was pleased the club was part of the project. “It was really a no-brainer. We’re on the beach ... but broadening that scope to provide further safety is great.”

Insp. Ryan said surf cams at Bremer Bay and near the Gap could also be on the cards. “Those areas have a lot of potential because it’s a completely different sea state to what you would get at King George Sound.”

The Albany and Denmark coast cams are due to go live this week.

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