Man tragically dies while trying to save child from drowning at popular camping spot

THE body of a man who died while trying to save a nine-year-old boy from drowning at a popular camping spot in NSW has been found.

The 38-year-old disappeared underwater and failed to resurface while trying to reach the child in the Lachlan River at Wyangala Dam in the state’s Central West on Friday evening.

Emergency services were called to the Gerties camping area, roughly 40kms east of Cowra, at around 6pm.


Police said the child had been safely rescued by person in a kayak, but the man was unaccounted for.

Local police and State Emergency Service volunteers immediately began searching for the 38-year-old but he could not be found.

The search of the river and surrounding shoreline was suspended at 10.30pm before resuming at first light on Saturday.

Sadly, police confirmed divers had located the man’s body around 1pm.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

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