FATAL: Man dies after boat capsizes off Coffs Coast
A MAN has tragically died after he was thrown from a fishing boat that capsized off the Nambucca Bar this morning.
Inspector Brendon Dean, Duty Operations Manager at NSW Ambulance, said paramedics were called to the scene just after 6.30am after receiving reports of the Quintrex 3m aluminium runabout capsizing and a man in the water.
Three crews were dispatched to the location along with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and other emergency services.
The man, 51, was found a short time later at nearby Station Beach, approximately 500m from where the boat capsized.
Paramedics commenced CPR immediately, but to no avail.
"Whilst under extremely tense circumstances, emergency services worked closely to try and save the man, but despite their best efforts, there was nothing they could do," Insp Brendon Dean said.
"It's a devastating incident for everyone involved - what started as something so simple like a day on the water has unfortunately turned to tragedy."
The vessel will be forensically examined.
A crime scene was established and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
According to NSW Police, key tips water users should consider include:
- Make sure you have life jackets for all on board.
- Stay alert to weather conditions and constantly monitor the Bureau of Meteorology.
- Check your craft thoroughly in all respects before heading out on the water.
- Notify others - check that a responsible person knows the description of your boat, the number of passengers, where you are going, and your expected time of return or arrival.
- Be alert to possible riskier situations while boating, including at night, boating alone, crossing bars, and high risk of capsize or swamping
- Avoid drinking and don't take drugs when on-board.