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.
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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.