Sydney Fisherman’s Lucky Escape

A rock fisher is recovering in hospital on Monday after he was winched out of the water near the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south.

The 52-year-old was fishing at Kurnell when he was washed into the water at around 8:30am. A passer-by discovered the man’s fishing gear and alerted authorities.

Conditions at the time were fairly stable with a small swell although the cloud and wind did make visibility challenging.

It is understood that the man’s ordeal in the water lasted for at least 45 minutes and he wasn’t wearing a lifejacket at the time.

The Westpac Life Save Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend the scene and located the man who was drifting in the currents.

After being winched into the helicopter he was taken back to base where they rendezvoused with NSW Paramedics.

The man was fully alert but had suffered some minor injuries to his lower body. He was also showing signs of hypothermia, and was later transferred to hospital for further assessment.

Today’s incident highlights the importance of always wearing a lifejacket when fishing and also letting people know your plans.

It is expected that the fisherman will make a full recovery.

General Rock Fishing Safety Tips:

• Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Always wear a lifejacket
• Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
• Always fish with a friend
• Check the warnings signs for information about the area
• Never turn your back to the water
• Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
• Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby
• Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. Visit for more information
• Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency

Mon 3 Apr 2017