Rock Fisherman Missing in Randwick

A search has been underway since 9.30am involving surf lifesavers, lifeguards and Water Police for a missing fisherman, feared washed from rocks early this morning at Yellow Rock Malabar.

The man's friend raised the alarm when he couldn't locate him on the rock platform. The Surf Life Saving NSW State Ops Centre tasked a Sydney Duty Officer, the Randwick Offshore Rescue Boat, a Support Ops JetSki, Randwick Lifeguards and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter to the scene.

It's believed the fisherman was not wearing a life jacket and surf lifesavers were stood down by Police at 12.30pm after the Offshore Rescue Boat retrieved a couple of items of personal belongings and some fishing gear from the water.

SLSNSW Operations Manager Andy Kent said this is particularly disappointing as mandatory life jacket legislation for rockfishing in Randwick council came into effect on 1 December.

"We were hoping the public spotlight on the need to now wear a life jacket may start to have an impact on the behaviour of rock fishers but sadly in this instance it may not be the case," said Andy Kent.

"Life jackets save lives, that's a fact. We were able to get a major rescue effort underway very quickly at the location and all we need is to extend the window of opportunity to get to the person in the water. Wearing a life jacket buys you that time until help arrives."

Surf Life Saving urges all rock fishers to take safety precautions and above all else, wear a life jacket.

Sat 10 Dec 2016