Owners urge awareness for Whalers way visitors

The owners of Whalers Way say they cannot stop people from visiting popular spots along the coastline but will continue to encourage people to be smart and stay safe near the water.

This follows the rescue of a 26-year-old Eyre Peninsula man last Tuesday after he was swept into the ocean from a well known rock pool known as the Swimming Hole.

The Theakstone family has owned Whalers Way since 1887 and had put up signs to warn people of the dangers of the coastline.

It's impossible to fence the entire coastline and there's only a certain amount of signs that can be put up.

Bradley Theakstone

Bradley Theakstone said people would reach the rock pool by hopping a fence near Fishery Bay and trek to it, or by taking a ladder down that was placed nearby.

He said despite signs warning off dangers and advice given to stay away on days of rough weather, they could not stop people from visiting these locations, especially with fishing rights of 50 metres to the high water mark.

"It's impossible to fence the entire coastline and there's only a certain amount of signs that can be put up," he said.

Mr Theakstone said they did not know of any government grant support they could access so any additions to the coastline would need to be privately funded.

He said about 18 months ago the ladder was removed due to safety concerns but following a public outcry it was put back.

The recent incident followed the drowning of a man and his daughter at Cape Carnot at Whalers Way during the Easter weekend this year.

Mr Theakstone said Australia had some of the most treacherous coastline in the world and there were seven drownings nationwide on the same Easter weekend.

He said Axel Stenross had said the worst storm he had ever experienced onboard the Olive Bank was at Cape Carnot.

"You've got to respect the ocean, anyone who goes near the sea needs to respect the coastline," he said.

His brother Glenn Theakstone said people should be responsible when near the water, never take their eyes off the waves and recognise the power of the ocean.

"It's the force behind it, it's like 'yes I can stand in front of a garden hose and get squirted, but can I stand in front of a fire hose and get squirted?'," he said.

"The currents coming in from the Southern Ocean are very strong."

The Theakstone family is awaiting a coroner's report to determine appropriate action at Cape Carnot.