One year on from tragic drowning

Albany Advertiser

It has been 12 months since the death of Afghan refugee Mohammed Ali Soltani who perished off the rocks at Salmon Holes.

Mr Soltani was swept into the ocean on April 26, 2016 at the notorious fishing location while fishing with two relatives.

His death is set to be the subject of a coronial inquiry later this year.

The 30-year-old had used a rope to tie himself to the rocks but the rope broke and he was recovered by rescue authorities two days later.

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Two men, Chunjun Li and Jiaolong Zhang were swept off the rocks during unpredictable 8m swells at Salmon Holes on April 18, 2015, and only one of the men’s bodies was recovered.

Their coronial inquiry will be held over three days in November where the coroner will examine the circumstances surrounding their deaths and potential recommendations.

An emergency telephone to improve response times; increased warning signage; and life buoys have been installed at Salmon Holes in recent years in response to rock-fishing deaths, while Recfishwest has carried out extensive educational campaigns for tourists and locals.

Perth man Jack Bray drowned off the coast of Boat Harbour west of Denmark earlier this month.

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