Another rock fishing fatality

There have been renewed calls for anglers to take extreme care when rock fishing, in the wake of another death in Sydney yesterday. Sydney Police are to prepare a coronial brief after the death of a fisherman who was swept off rocks at Little Bay in Sydney’s east.
The 44-year-old Bowbowing man reportedly climbed down onto rocks on the bay’s northern headland about 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 27 May) and commenced fishing. Minutes later he was struck by a large wave and swept into heavy seas.
A witness ran to a nearby golf course to raise the alarm.
Police from Eastern Beaches Local Area Command, NSW Ambulance personnel and a rescue helicopter responded to the incident.

The fisherman’s body was located floating in Little Bay and was recovered from the water by the helicopter’s crew.
Local detectives are continuing their inquiries into the incident and will prepare a report for the information of the New South Wales Coroner.

The man’s death has prompted police to renew their warning about the dangers of rock fishing.

“This incident is further evidence of the dangers of rock fishing and we’ve seen in recent days big seas pounding the coast,” Chief Inspector David McBeath from Eastern Beaches LAC said. “Unless you are experienced in rock fishing and have the proper equipment it’s unwise to take part in this potentially dangerous activity – especially in rough conditions.”


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