Rock Fisherman Dies At Whale Beach

Lifesavers from Avalon Beach and North Palm Beach Surf Clubs and Branch support operations have assisted the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter in recovering the body of a rock fisher believed to have drowned at Whale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Sunday.

It is understood that the 53-year-old male had headed to the rock platform at the southern end of the beach at around 12pm yesterday.

When he didn’t return home concerns were raised for his welfare ,and his son discovered his father’s vehicle abandoned in a car park early on Sunday.

At the scene Police discovered the man’s body near rocks and requested the assistance of lifesaving assets to help in the recovery efforts.

An Inflatable Rescue Boat from Avalon Beach, and a jet ski from North Palm Beach went to the scene where the Westpac Helicopter was able to retrieve the patient and transport him back to Palm Beach.

The man was not wearing a lifejacket and the circumstances in which he entered the water are not known.

Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent says this is another sad but preventable rock fishing tragedy.

"A dangerous surf warning was issued yesterday and as always we remind rock fishers to check forecasts, don't fish alone and above all else wear a lifejacket," said Mr Kent.

Police investigations are continuing at North Palm Beach with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

Sun 12 Jun 2016