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  • Search for missing rock fisherman at Bate Bay
  • March 19, 2016

Volunteer crews from four Marine Rescue NSW units joined today’s search off Voodoo Point at the north end of Bate Bay, Cronulla, for a missing rock fisherman swept into the sea yesterday afternoon.

The search, involving officers from Miranda Local Area Command, the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, Surf Life Saving, Police Marine Area Command and Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking, was suspended at 6.15pm yesterday before resuming this morning.

Police said the 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were rock fishing at Potter Point, Kurnell, when the older man was knocked into the sea by a wave. He was not believed to be wearing a lifejacket.

Vessels from Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking, Middle Harbour, Port Jackson and Port Kembla joined today’s search from 8am, along with four police boats and a NSW Roads and Maritime Services vessel, PolAir and police divers.

All vessels were deployed in a parallel line with 50m separation, searching unsuccessfully for the man until early afternoon when police stood the crews down.

Police urge all rock fishers to follow these safety tips when they venture out:
* Always wear a life jacket
* 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


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