Sydney Rock Fisherman Saved by Lifejacket

A rock fisherman has had a lucky escape after being swept into the sea last night at Little Bay in Sydney. He was wearing a lifejacket.

At around 6.30pm on Tuesday night the Surf Rescue Emergency Response system was activated by Police and Duty Officers from Surf Life Saving Sydney Branch and Randwick Council Lifeguards rushed to the scene.

When they got there, a man was being pulled onto the rocks by other fishermen. He was wearing a lifejacket, hi-vis clothing, cleats on his feet and a light on his head.

After being swept into the sea the man knew he needed to swim away from the rocks and his friends were then able to direct him to a safer part of the rock platform where he was helped from the water.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said this was a great result and not the usual tragic incident surf lifesavers seem to so often face.

"This fisherman did everything right, which is why he is alive," said Andy Kent. "He was fishing with friends, wearing the right clothing and safety gear and most importantly, a lifejacket."

Surf Life Saving strongly urges all rock fishers to take the following safety precautions:

  • Stay alert to the weather and ocean conditions
  • Plan an escape route in case you are washed in
  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
  • Always fish with a friend
  • Never turn your back on the ocean
  • Do not jump in if someone is washed in - wait for assistance and call Triple Zero

Image courtesy Suzanne Lawson

Wed 27 May 2015