POLICE divers have located the body of a man who went missing while swimming in a river in Sydney’s northwest.
The 45-year-old was swimming in the Hawkesbury River at Windsor when he became distressed and disappeared under the water south of the Wilberforce Road Bridge about 6.45pm last night.
Other swimmers desperately tried to help the man, but he failed to resurface and could not be found.
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Emergency services were called and a major search and rescue operation followed, involving PolAir, police drivers, paramedics and SES volunteers.
After searching the river and its banks for almost five hours, divers located the man’s body in the water just before 11.30am.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.
Chief Inspector Garry Sims of Hawkesbury Police Area Command is reminding people to make safety the priority when in, on or around the water this summer.
“Police urge all people engaged in aquatic activities to assess the environment and know the limits of their ability,” Chief Insp Sims said.
“It is a tragedy for this to occur at this time of year and at the start of the summer season.”
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