Rock fisherman dies at North Curl Curl

ROUGH sea conditions over the weekend in Sydney have claimed the life of a rock fisherman at North Curl Curl. 

According to news reports, the man in his 40s and two companions were slammed into the base of a cliff by a large wave on Saturday.

Ambulance NSW has confirmed the man had suffered a cardiac arrest and died about 10.30am.

Susannah Williams, a Narraweena resident, was whale watching when she saw the group at the edge of a rock shelf, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

When she looked again, they had been pushed into the base of a 30-metre cliff. Water was receding from the platform.

“The two men surrounded the man. A fourth man came over to do CPR,” Ms Williams, a science teacher, said. “Then a couple of waves came in and washed over them a bit more.”

Paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later, having made their way around the headland, she said.

The ambulance helicopter was joined by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, which lowered a qualified first-responder to administer CPR, Westpac helicopter’s chief executive officer Stephen Leahy said.

One of the helicopters winched up the body of the dead man and took the injured man to safety.

The fatality follows the death of a 65-year old rock fisherman at Kiama the previous week.

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