Man swept to his death while fishing with mates

A MAN has tragically died after being swept into the ocean while fishing on the NSW South Coast.

The 55-year-old was fishing at Marsden Head, Kiama, with two other men, when he was swept off rocks by a large wave just before 2am on Sunday.

The Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter was called in to help locate and retreive the man from the water.


He was airlifted to Wollongong Hospital where sadly, he was pronounced deceased.

Police said the man, believed to be a Chinese National, was not wearing a life jacket.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Rock anglers are urged to follow these safety tips when 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
  • In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.