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Despite the best efforts of emergency responders a man couldn’t be revived after falling into the ocean at Kiama on the state’s south coast on Friday afternoon.

It is understood that the man believed to be in his 60s was visiting Surf Beach with his family when he slipped on the rock platform while walking at the northern end of the beach shortly before 2:30pm.

The Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre was informed of the incident with requests made for surf lifesaving assets.

Two duty officers from the South Coast Branch were tasked to attend the scene with Police, Paramedics and the Ambulance Helicopter also in attendance.

First to reach the stricken man was an off-duty lifeguard who paddled out to him on a rescue board.

The man was winched out and rushed to shore where CPR treatment was immediately commenced.

Despite the best efforts from all involved the man was unable to be revived.

NSW CEO Steven Pearce praised the emergency services for their prompt response under very challenging circumstances.

“The emergency responders did everything possible to try and save the man after this tragic accident.

“Any drowning is a tragedy but to happen at a popular beach during the holiday period is particularly distressing, and our thoughts go out to the man’s family,” he said.

Conditions at the time of the incident were calm with good visibility and a small swell of approximately 1 metre.

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.

Friday 13 July 2018