Shoalhaven Local Area Command
Father Dies 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.
Superintendent Wayne Starling said shortly prior to 7.30 pm yesterday a 48-year-old man was walking across the inlet at Conjola Beach.
“At the time the father was with his two sons, aged nine and 13, and a 17-year-old friend. The swell was two to three feet high and the children became caught in a rip. The father went into the ocean to save them.”
“The three males made their way to safety and sadly lost sight of the 48-year-old man. A number of community members including board riders and persons staying on holidays from a nearby caravan park put their lives at risk in an attempt to locate the father.” Superintendent Wayne Starling said.
He was found shortly before 8 pm unconscious and was brought to the beach where CPR was attempted, however he never regained consciousness. The NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter was diverted to the scene however Paramedics were also unable to revive him.
“The Newtown man was holidaying with his family at the nearby Town of Behringer Lake,” Superintendent Wayne Starling said.
Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner.
Police have issued a warning that unpatrolled beaches can be hazardous especially if people are unfamiliar with the area. People should 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.