Man Drowns Near Forster

A family holiday on the Lower North Coast of NSW has ended in tragedy with a male in his 50s drowning after trying to rescue his son from a rip at unpatrolled Boomerang Beach this afternoon.

The husband and father of two children was found shortly before 3pm around 50m from shore. Members of the public and an ex-lifeguard brought the man back to shore and commenced CPR.

Within minutes lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) who were on patrol at nearby Elizabeth Beach to the north were on scene along with Ambulance and Police.

CPR was continued for around 30 minutes however, the combined efforts couldn’t revive the man. Deceptively powerful surf conditions were forecast for Boomerang Beach at the time.

This is the second drowning in 16 days at Boomerang Beach, after a 22 year old male from Orange in the Central West of NSW entered the water on 27 March and has not been seen since.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent says this highlights the importance of beachgoers always swimming between the red and yellow flags. Since January there have been 28 coastal drownings in NSW, a significant spike and a worrying sign for lifesavers.

“It’s very sad to see another drowning occur on the NSW coastline, and again at an unpatrolled beach,” Andy Kent said.

“Many beaches are patrolled throughout the school holidays by professional lifeguards and we implore families and holiday-makers to head to one of these locations. In addition volunteer lifesavers are patrolling on weekends through until Anzac Day.”

General Safety Tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
  • Always wear a lifejacket if you are rock fishing or boating
  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police
  • Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Information about beach patrol times can be found on the BeachSafe Website

Photo: Boomerang Beach on Tuesday 12 April 2016

Tue 12 Apr 2016