Rock Fisherman Drowns At Tacking Point

Surf Lifesavers have been involved in the retrieval operation of a 65-year-old rock fisherman who tragically drowned at Tacking Point on the State’s Mid-North-Coast on Thursday.

The State Operations Centre was informed by police that a member of the public had spotted what they believed to be a body floating just north of the Tacking Point Lighthouse shortly after 4pm AEST.

Nearby Council Lifeguards were alerted to the incident and confirmed the sighting, and a Surf Life Saving Duty Officer was tasked to attend.

An off-duty Tacking Point club member and the Duty Officer launched an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and retrieved the body from the water.

The man was brought back to shore where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said the incident was a reminder of the importance of taking precautions when engaging in coastal activities such as rock fishing.

“Our thoughts go out to the man and his family and friends and to all those involved in this incident,” Mr Kent said.

“We strongly urge anyone who is going to fish near the rocks to please take the time to assess the conditions, wear appropriate gear including a lifejacket, and to let others know your plans.

“The ocean is a dynamic environment and situations can quickly escalate.”

The circumstances which led to the man entering the water are not clear as it is believed that that incident was not witnessed.

It is understood that he wasn’t wearing a lifejacket.

The lifesavers involved in the retrieval are participating in a critical debrief as part of standard operating procedures, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Thu 21 Apr 2016