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The coastal drowning death toll continues to rise in NSW with the sixth fatality since 1 January 2021.

On Monday 25 January around 3pm Northern Beaches Council Lifeguards contacted Surf Life Saving NSW to inform of a 30 year old male who was last seen in the water and had been reported missing.

The 30 year old man who had been snorkelling for five minutes was pulled from the water by lifeguards who commenced CPR before being assisted by paramedics and NSW Police.

Despite the best efforts of the multi-agency teams the man was declared deceased at the scene.

Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving Joel Wiseman acknowledged the efforts of Northern Beaches Council Lifeguards.

“Lifeguards on our beaches in NSW are the best in the world,” he said. “At this time of the year and in these conditions with large swell and hot days they’re tested to the extent of their capability and we’re so thankful they’re there on the frontline to respond to these incidents.

“In this case, as we’ve seen over the last month the outcome has been tragic. One life lost is one too many but we’re thankful for the swift response and care taken by the Northern Beaches Council Lifeguards,” he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW extends it’s sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of the man during this difficult time.

On the eve of the state’s busiest day on the beaches, today’s drowning has prompted Surf Life Saving NSW to emphasise the importance of not taking unnecessary risks on Australia Day as record crowds are expected to flock to the state’s beaches to enjoy the sun and surf.

“Please take extra care this Australia Day,” Wiseman said.

“It’s vital you make the extra effort to swim at a patrolled location and do not swim if you’re drinking. We want everyone to have a great day, a safe day. By swimming between the red and yellow flags, you’re not only keeping your friends and family safe but also supporting our volunteers on the beach who are giving up their time to make sure you have a good day.”

Today’s drowning brings the NSW total to 27 since July 1 2020 with six fatalities since 1 January 2021.

View 2020 Coastal Safety Report for more stats on NSW coastal activity and information. 

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

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach access restrictions visit the Website or Download the App