Spearfisherman killed on NSW south coast

A SPEARFISHERMAN was killed late last week after being hit by a boat while spearfishing on the NSW south coast.

According to an ABC news report, the 27-year-old Nowra man was in the water at Currarong when he was struck by the boat about 8.30am (AEDT) on Thursday morning January 24.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man but he died at the scene.

Senior Constable Jamie Wallace says police are investigating how the fatal accident happened.

“Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are conducting inquiries to determine exactly what happened and a report will be prepared for the coroner,” he said.

According to unconfirmed reports the diver was using a buoy and dive flag.

For the past couple of years spear fishing and recreational fishing groups have been in discussions with Ministers, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and the Office of Boating Safety in NSW attempting to amend the boating regulations and improve boater attitudes towards other water users, in particular those that are in the water and at times may be a little harder to see.

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