ANGEL rings have again made a life-saving difference on a notorious Coffs Coast beach that over the years has claimed many lives.
Two men whose kayak capsized after it was swept out to sea from the river at Red Rock on the weekend had to rely on one of the lifebuoys mounted on the headland for rescue.
The canoe rolled after it was hit by a wave in heavy surf on a strong run-out tide.
It is understood one of the men could not swim competently, while his mate swam to the headland and used the ring to drag him to safety.
The man, who was saved, took on water and was treated by ambulance paramedics on the beach.
Bystander Wayne Scott from the Corindi Red Rock Surf Life Saving Club said it was another near-drowning on the notorious beach.
"I'm told one of the men could swim and the other couldn't and it was the angel ring that saved him," Mr Scott said.
"He took on a lot of water. It was very close, but he was able to walk off the beach before he was taken to hospital.
Local resident Marilyn Allan was the driving force behind the installation of three angel rings at Red Rock.
"The angel rings were installed in June 2006, about six months after the tragic drowning of a 24-year-old American exchange student and since then they have saved several lives," Mrs Allan said.
News of the latest rescue follows a recent safety assessment of Coffs Coast beaches investigating the need for safety equipment on dangerous swimming beaches and rock fishing platforms.
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