Rockfisher Drowns Off South Coast

In a tragic start to the weekend, a fisherman has drowned after being washed off rocks at Merry Beach, Kioloa on the South Coast.

The Surf Life Saving State Operations Centre tasked lifesaving assets to respond including the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and volunteers from Mollymook and Broulee SLSCs.

The man was pulled from the water by the helicopter crew and CPR commenced however the man was declared deceased by paramedics on landing.

A Hazardous Surf Warning is in place and alerts have been issued by the BOM and Surf Life Saving warning rockfishers and others to exercise extreme caution this weekend.

Surf Life Saving's Adam Weir says it's sad and disappointing that this morning's incident has had such a tragic outcome.

"Our hearts go out to this man's family and it's frustrating that despite our efforts to warn people of the dangers of rockfishing during hazardous surf conditions, this has occurred.

"We would urge people considering activities along the coast, particularly rockfishing, to take safety precautions or give it a miss altogether this weekend," said Adam Weir.

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaters should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Useful Links:

BeachSafe Website -
Bureau of Meteorology -
Marine Rescue NSW -

Sat 22 Jul 2017