A man has died after being swept off rocks on the NSW south coast this morning.
Emergency services rushed to Merry Beach, Kioloa, shortly after 7.30am after the man, who was fishing from the rocks, was thrown in to the ocean.
After a search involving police and the Westpac Life Rescue Helicopter attended, they eventually found the man’s body in the water.
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It is not known whether he was wearing a life jacket.
The man has not been formally identified and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
This incident has prompted police to remind rock anglers to follow these safety tips every time they venture out:
* Always wear a life jacket
* Make enquiries and check weather and conditions before you leave home
* Observe first/fish later: watch your intended fishing spot to get an idea of the conditions over a full swell/wave cycle
* Carry safety gear; head protection, as well as a float and line to help anyone else who might be washed into the water.
* Never fish by yourself and always stand within sight of each other
* Make sure you let family and friends know where you are going and when you’ll be back
* Carry a mobile phone
* Never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas and be aware that conditions may change dramatically in a short period of time
* Stay alert. Never turn your back on the sea
* If waves, the weather or swell threaten your fishing spot, leave immediately
* If in doubt, don’t go out