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Sadly a man has been found deceased after a rock fishing accident at Windang Island in the Illawarra last night.

Lifesavers were also involved in a CPR effort at Manly beach yesterday when an American tourist was pulled from the water after what appears to be a medical episode. Unfortunately attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

And late last night at Wategoes Beach, Byron Bay, a woman was pulled from the water by Police with lifesavers also responding. Luckily the incident ended successfully and the swimmer was brought ashore safely.

Shortly after 10pm last night the Surf Emergency Response System was tasked by Police to respond to reports of a man washed from rocks at Windang Island. After consulting with the Police, the Illawarra Branch jetskis were approved to conduct a rescue and volunteer lifesavers, one of whom is also a police officer, launched and headed to the site of the incident where the man was discovered. An Ambulance helicopter was tasked to retrieve the man who was pronounced deceased.

It was reported that the man was wearing an inflatable lifejacket of some sort, but that he may not have been able to activate it.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce praised the efforts of all the volunteers involved in yesterday’s incidents and pleaded for people to exercise caution over the remainder of the Easter long weekend.

“The callout team from the Illawarra did a fantastic job in challenging conditions. Night operations require an extra level of skill and experience and these guys worked with Police Marine Area Command in a joint effort response.

“We offer our condolences to the man’s family and friends as this is a tragic outcome, especially on what is supposed to be a happy holiday break.”

Surf Lifesavers also issued a reminder to the public about the dangers of swimming or fishing at night.

“The ocean can be hazardous at the best of times and taking to the water after dark just adds to the risk factors. It also places our volunteers at significant risk when they go to the aid of someone in trouble at night,” said Steve Pearce.

Beach Safety Tips

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website

  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information

  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water

  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm

  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police

  • Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated.

  • For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App.


Sunday 1 April 2018