Rock Fishing Drowning in Sydney

A 26-year old man has drowned while rock fishing at La Perouse this morning, just one week after a rock fisherman’s body was recovered on the Central Coast.

The Surf Life Saving State Operations Centre responded by tasking the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter, Randwick Council lifeguards and Sydney surf lifesavers, who were on scene in minutes.

It appears that the man who drowned was not wearing a lifejacket.

Ten people have drowned in NSW while rock fishing this year.

“This is another awful tragedy,” says SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey. “Our hearts go out to the families of these men. To have two accidents in one week is extremely concerning,” he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW is targeting this area as part of a state-wide coastal risk assessment project in October.

Funded by the NSW Government, ‘Project Blueprint’ is initially targeting the top 10 local government areas for drowning black spots, but will include assessments of every beach and rock platform in NSW over the next few years. This area will be assessed in the first phase of the program, in partnership with local councils and community stakeholders.

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging rock fishermen to not put their lives on the line. “Always wear a lifejacket, check weather, swell and tide forecasts and never fish alone. These simple, common sense actions could save your life,” said Dean Storey.

For multi-lingual rock fishing and beach safety information go to www.beachsafe.org.au

For information on Project Blueprint go to www.coastsafe.org.au/blueprint

Sun 15 Jul 2012