Shoalhaven Local Area Command
Father Drowns Trying To Save Sons – Lake Conjola
Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner following the death of a man during the rescue of three boys from surf on the State’s South Coast.
Police have been told a 48-year-old man and a number of other people entered the surf shortly before 7.30 pm after his two sons and a friend got into difficulties in a rip off Conjola Beach.
Two of the boys were brought safely to shore, while the 48-year-old man rescued one of his sons however he then apparently got into difficulties and was lost from sight.
Board riders began searching the surf until the man was found, shortly before 8 pm, and was brought to the beach where CPR was administered.
The NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter was diverted to the scene but Paramedics were unable to revive the father.
It is believed the man is from Newtown in Sydney and was holidaying with his family at the nearby town of Berringer Lake.
Ulladulla Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.
Police have issued a warning that un-patrolled beaches can be hazardous especially if people are unfamiliar with the area. Police are advising that people should where possible only swim at patrolled beaches and should take care to familiarise themselves with an area before venturing into the surf.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, and have not yet spoken with Police, is urged to contact Ulladulla Police on (02) 4454 2542 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.