Rock Fishing Drowning in Sydney

Surf Life Saving is renewing calls for rock fishermen to wear lifejackets after a man drowned this morning at Curl Curl.

A rock fisherman was spotted floating face down just after 8am this morning.

Members of the public heard cries that a man had fallen into the water.

Using a life ring that was located nearby, an onlooker jumped from the rocks and with the help of nearby surfers and another angler, managed to get the man to the beach. Deep water resuscitation was attempted but unfortunately the patient was deceased.

The SLSNSW Emergency Response System was tasked to respond and volunteer duty officers from Sydney Northern Beaches branch attended the incident. It appears the drowned man was not wearing a lifejacket.

This latest tragedy means 12 people have drowned in NSW while rock fishing in 2012 alone.

“It appears we may be looking at yet another preventable tragedy,” says SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey. “It demonstrates that rock fishing safety remains a big problem. Rock fishing is the second highest cause of coastal drowning in NSW.”

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging rock fishermen to take basic safety precautions, particularly as a dangerous long period swell is forecast to hit the NSW coast this weekend, creating very hazardous conditions for rockfishing.

“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.

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Thu 1 Nov 2012