Rock angler dies, second man rescued after swept off rocks, NSW

A man has died, and a second man has been rescued after they were washed off rocks on the South Coast today.

Just after 3.15pm (Sunday 8 November 2020), emergency services were called to Moes Rock off Stony Creek Road, Jervis Bay, following reports two men had been swept into the water.

Police have been told three men were rock fishing when two of them were swept into the water.

One of the men was able to be assisted back onto the rocks. He has been taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for assessment.

The body of the second man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was found in the water and has since been recovered.

Officers from South Coast Police District attended and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Meanwhile, all 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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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