Warning after man drowns in tragic rock jumping accident

A MAN has tragically drowned and two others have been rushed to hospital after coming into trouble whilst rock jumping at a popular NSW beach.

The fatal incident, which happened shortly before 7pm on Thursday, has prompted a warning about swimming in areas that are not patrolled by lifeguards.

It’s understood the 20-year-old man was jumping from rocks into a lagoon at Wattamolla Beach, along with two friends, when tragedy struck.


Two men, aged 21 and 19, were pulled from the water by friends before paramedics arrived on scene and began treating the pair.

They were then taken to St George Hospital in a stable condition, where they remain this morning under observation.

Sadly, the body of a third man was located a short time later by the Police Helicopter and was recovered by paramedics.

Inspector Christopher Hill from Sutherland Police Area Command said visitors to the area need to obey warning signs erected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service when swimming at Wattamolla.

“This tragic death is another reminder of how the enjoyment of swimming at these spectacular locations can quickly become deadly,” Inspector Christopher Hill said.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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