A kayaker in Sydney Harbour is snagged by a fisherman and capsizes

A kayaker in Sydney Harbour is snagged by a fisherman and capsizes

A pair of fishermen were subjected to a frightening foul-mouthed tirade when one of their lines became entangled with a capsized kayak in Sydney Harbour.

Adam Bailey, 30, and a friend were standing on the edge of the harbour with their fishing lines cast out into the water below
Adam Bailey, 30 years old, and a friend were standing at the harbor’s edge with their fishing lines cast into the sea.

One of the fishing lines became entangled in the man’s kayak’s back, causing it to capsize.

Adam Bailey, age 30, and a friend were standing at the harbor’s edge with their fishing lines in the water.

Mr. Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, stated that similar occurrences occur ‘quite frequently’ in the harbor as a result of kayaks coming too close to where others are fishing (Mr. Bailey’s fishing partner is depicted).

As the kayaker was being reeled closer the water’s edge by the fishing line, he screamed obscenities at the fishers, who periodically laughed out loud.

The kayaker cried, “I told you I was approaching range!” “I cannot remove the line. You’re going to have to f***ing cut it off!’

The companion cut the cord to release the kayak, allowing the paddler to escape.Mr Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, said similar incidents happen 'pretty regularly' in the harbour because of kayakers coming too close to where people are fishing (Mr Bailey's fishing companion pictured)

Mr. Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, told the Daily Mail Australia that the kayaker was the third that day to cross the pair’s lines.

We have our fishing lines next to us and a float in the water. These kayakers approach us extremely closely. We don’t do that on purpose,’ he remarked.

Mr. Bailey stated that similar accidents occur ‘quite frequently’ in the harbor due to kayakers coming too close to fishing areas, and he asked them to be more cautious because fishers “cannot get out of their way for them.”

“They have far greater room to evade our lines,” he said.Mr Bailey (pictured) has urged kayakers in the harbour to be more careful as anglers 'cannot move out of the way for them'

Mr. Bailey (shown) urged harbor kayakers to be more cautious because fishers “cannot move out of their way for them.”

In New South Wales, a kayaking license is not necessary, however a government website warns that Sydney Harbour is a “very crowded waterway.”

When kayaking on Sydney’s prominent waterways, NSW Maritime recommends kayakers to “use [their] eyes and hearing to maintain vigilance.”

Due to increasing levels of toxins in fish and crustaceans, commercial fishing in the harbor was prohibited in 2006, while recreational fishing is still permitted.

 

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