A rock fisherman has died after being pulled from the water at Dee Why Beach.
At 2.50pm today (Sunday, 28 November) the alarm was raised that a man was in difficulty in the water, being assisted by surfers approximately 30m from the pool at Dee Why Beach.
Multiple emergency services responded to the incident, with Surf Life Saving NSW Dee Why already on scene, immediately launching a jet-ski and Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).
They found a man wearing a life jacket in the water, he was unresponsive and did not appear to be breathing. He was retrieved from the water by surf life savers and brought back to the beach near the surf club where they were met by NSW Ambulance paramedics and attempts were made to revive him.
NSW Police, three NSW Ambulance crews and the NSW Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter had responded to the incident, with the helicopter landing nearby in the reserve behind the beach car park. The specialist rescue paramedics from the helicopter joined the team who were performing CPR on the man.
Despite their efforts they were unable to resuscitate the 59-year-old man, who died at the scene. The man is yet to be formally identified by police.
NSW Ambulance Inspector David Lambert, who was at the scene, praised the efforts of the lifeguards who retrieved the man from the water and assisted with CPR.
“We urge the public, if you see someone in distress in the water and you think they need assistance, don’t hesitate to call Triple Zero (000). The lifeguards did an excellent job to safely get the patient to shore and assist paramedics on scene. It is a timely reminder as we come into the warmer months to stay safe around the water, wear a life jacket and look after each other,” said Inspector Lambert.
NSW Police officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.
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