Rock-fisher drowns at Snapper Point

Snapper Point lookout, Murramarang National Park

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a rock-fisher on the state’s Central Coast late yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Snapper Point about 5pm on Wednesday following reports a woman was in the water.

Police have been told the 43-year-old woman was rock fishing with her husband when she has fallen into the water. It is not believed she was wearing a floatation vest.

Her body was later recovered by surf lifesavers. She could not be revived.

Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command are continuing their inquiries.

NSW Police say the incident is a timely reminder for swimmers to make safety the priority when in, on or around the water this summer.

Authorities advise the following tips for keeping safe:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read and observe the safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
  • Always swim with someone else and look out for each other
  • Always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Learn how to identify a rip
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
  • Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000)