Fisherman Saved By Lifejacket

A decision to wear a lifejacket on an early morning fishing trip has prevented a man from becoming the latest coastal drowning statistic on the state’s Central Coast on Sunday.

The man aged in his 50s was fishing off an exposed rock platform at Winney Bay near Avoca Beach when he was washed off the rocks just after 8am.

Lifesavers at Avoca Beach surf club were alerted and the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) was launched.

After being immersed for approximately 20 minutes the man was plucked from the ocean by the IRB crew and driven back to the surf club.

Due to the fact he had swallowed water during his ordeal the fisherman was later transported to hospital for observation and is expected to make a swift recovery.

Conditions continue to be deceptively powerful along much of the NSW coast and the public are urged to check the latest forecasts before entering the water.

Today’s rescue comes less than 24 hours after another man drowned while rock fishing at Tathra.

In that incident five people were swept off a rock with three being pulled out of the water by volunteer surf lifesavers.

Rock Fishing Safety Tips

• Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Always wear a lifejacket
• Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
• Always fish with a friend
• Check the warnings signs for information about the area
• Never turn your back to the water
• Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
• Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby
• Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. Visit www.mrnsw.com.au for more information
• Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency

Sun 22 Jan 2017