Surf Lifesavers Respond to Drowning at Tathra

A man has died following a swimming accident at Tathra. A group of five swimmers were swimming at the Bega River Mouth and were caught on a outgoing tide.

Tasked by the SLSNSW State Operations Centre, Tathra Surf Lifesavers, Marine Rescue, NSW Police and Ambulance were called to Bega River Mouth, north of Tathra on Wednesday (9 Oct) at 4.30pm with reports of persons missing.

Three of the swimmers managed to make their own way to shore. A further two, aged 19, remained unaccounted for.

One male was rescued by a member of the Tathra Surf Club emergency response team.

Far South Coast Surf life saving Duty Officer Andrew Edmunds said the man was found clinging to a log.

"A land, sea and air search continued for the other swimmer and he was eventually spotted by police and lifesavers in a IRB," he said.

"He was winched into the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and flown to a nearby oval at the Tathra Country Club.

CPR was carried out for over an hour but he was unable to be revived.

Wed 9 Oct 2013