Fisherman Dies at Tuncurry

An off-duty lifesaver assisted police and paramedics in the unsuccessful resuscitation of a fisherman at Tuncurry on the state’s Lower North Coast on Tuesday.

Shortly before mid-day, the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre was alerted by police that a man had fallen into the water while fishing near the break wall at Tuncurry.

Members of the Lower North Coast Support Operations callout team were tasked to attend the scene to assist the other emergency responders.

It is believed that the man had been fishing with his son throughout the morning before the son left to run errands in town. He returned to find his father in the water and immediately called for assistance.

The fisherman was pulled from the water by paramedics and an off-duty lifesaver from Forster SLSC who had been at the beach checking out the surf conditions.

Attempts were made to resuscitate the man but all efforts were unsuccessful.

Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

Tue 9 Jun 2015