THERE are 116 of them dotted along the coastline between Sydney and Eden, and we probably walk past them without so much as a second glance.
But the network of life-buoys, or angel rings, has saved more than 50 lives since the first one was installed at Jervis Bay in 1993.
Two weeks ago, an angel ring saved the life of a 19-year-old fisherman who was washed off rocks at Currarong.
Now there is a push to bring more rings to the Eurobodalla coastline, and install six new devices in dangerous spots at Tuross Head and Bingi.
There is already one installed at Moruya bar, and several at Narooma, Tathra and Merimbula.
The Angel Ring Project is the work of the Australian National Sportsfishing Association (ANSA) whose volunteers place the rings and keep an eye on them to protect them from theft and vandalism.
ANSA master keeper, Max Castle, a resident of Tuross Head, is working with the president of Tuross Head Fishing Club, David Rothwell, to have more rings installed on the shire’s coastline.
Mr Castle said many lives had already been saved, and many more rescues probably went unreported.
“I believe there have been a lot more than that, because a lot of kids save each other with angel rings, but they don’t want everyone to know because they will get into trouble,” Mr Castle said.
He said that the rocks at the entrance of Tuross Lake were one of the ideal spots to place an angel ring.
In dangerous rock fishing spots, the ring not only keeps a person afloat, but prevents them from being smashed against rocks.
The brightly coloured ring also makes it easier for rescuers to spot the victim.
“We have so many people here in summer so it would be great to get more before then,” Mr Castle said.
The rings can also be found on wharves, fishing platforms and bushwalking tracks.
As well as a number of rock locations, Mr Castle and Mr Rothwell are pushing for the installation of an angel ring at the entrance of the Tuross Lake bar where there is a dangerous reef.
“Although these rocks are rarely fished, the ring could provide some support to boats crossing the bar, ocean kayakers, board riders, wind surfers and swimmers if an incident occurred,” Mr Castle said.
“A number of fishing club members have recently joined Tuross Marine Rescue and we are keen to support the community following a recent rescue through the local bar.
“We want to be ahead of the game and have rings installed before a death occurs.”
Mr Castle and Mr Rothwell have had a number of meetings with Eurobodalla Shire Council about the matter and have made applications to the Department of Lands.