Shoalhaven News

Rock angler killed at Jervis Bay

moes jervis bay november 8

Tragedy as struck on our South Coast, after a rock angler was swept off rocks and killed at Jervis Bay.

Just after 3pm today, three men were fishing at Moes Rock Off Stoney Creek Road when two of the men were swept into the water.

One of them was assisted back to the rocks and taken to hospital to be assessed.

Unfortunately the body of the second man aged in 20's has since been retrieved.

An investigation is now underway.

Police have the following advice for rock anglers.

* 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.

IMAGE CREDIT: Kacey Chong, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons