Angler dies - Marine Area Command

Sunday, 12 March 2017 09:19:43 AM

One man is dead and another two have been hospitalised after they were pulled from the water on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this morning.

Emergency services were called to Blue Fish Point, Manly, just after 6.30am (Sunday 12 March 2017) following reports three people were in the water.

The three men were pulled from the water onto a police launch by Marine Area Command officers but one of them, a 23-year-old man, could not be revived.

Police understand two of the men who were wearing life jackets had jumped into the water to assist a man who was swept from rocks and was not wearing a life jacket.

The two men, aged 37 and 31, were taken by the police launch to Watsons Bay where they were met by NSW Ambulance paramedics who conveyed them to St Vincent’s Hospital at Darlinghurst.

The Marine Area Command has carriage of the investigation and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Meanwhile, another angler was rescued by the Marine Area Command after falling from rocks at Cape Solander near Kurnell about 7am.

The man was not wearing a life jacket but was able to stay afloat after another angler threw him an ‘angel’ ring flotation device.

Marine Area Command officers, assisted by a diver who came to the man’s aid, pulled the man onto a police launch and returned him to the shore where they were met by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The 20-year-old man was taken to St George Hospital.

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

Further safety information can be found at: www.safefishing.com.au

Multilingual rock fishing safety brochures can be downloaded from the website: www.safewaters.nsw.gov.au/fishing.htm

In addition, ‘angel rings’ or life buoys have been installed at black spots along the state’s coast by the Australian National Sportfishing Association, with the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation and NSW Sporting Injuries Insurance.

The flotation devices are located on rock platforms and easily accessible in case of an emergency.