Shoalhaven News

Rock fisherman drowns in the Shoalhaven, not wearing a life jacket

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Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a rock-fisherman on the state’s South Coast today.

Emergency services were called to Little Beecroft Head, near Currarong, just after 9.30am today (Sunday 7 January 2018), following reports three men were in the water.

Police have been told a group of men were walking to a rock fishing spot when one of the men slipped and fell into the water. It is not believed he was wearing a floatation vest.

Two men grabbed a nearby Angel Life Ring and jumped in to assist the unconscious man.

The three men were rescued by Crookhaven - Marine Rescue Shoalhaven assisted by the NSW Police Marine Area Command and the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter.

Despite CPR attempts, the 25-year-old man could not be revived.

The two other men were taken to Shoalhaven Hospital in a stable condition, suffering from exposure.

Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are continuing their inquiries, including whether the man could have suffered a medical episode.

Meanwhile, all rock anglers are urged to follow these safety tips when they venture out:

* Always wear a life jacket

* Make enquiries and check weather and conditions before you leave home

* Observe first/fish later: watch your intended fishing spot to get an idea of the conditions over a full swell/wave cycle

* Carry safety gear; head protection, as well as a float and line to help anyone else who might be washed into the water.

* Never fish by yourself and always stand within sight of each other

* Make sure you let family and friends know where you are going and when you’ll be back

* Carry a mobile phone

* Never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas and be aware that conditions may change dramatically in a short period of time

* Stay alert. Never turn your back on the sea

* If waves, the weather or swell threaten your fishing spot, leave immediately

* If in doubt, don’t go out

* In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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