Man’s body recovered from Colo River

A man’s body has been recovered from the Colo River in Sydney’s north west.

About 7pm yesterday (Saturday 16 January 2021), emergency services were called to the river near Grassy Hill Trail at Colo Heights, following reports a man had disappeared under water.

Police have been told the man – believed to be aged in his 40s – was with five other men on separate inflatable lilos when he became wedged on a large submerged rock about 1pm.

The other men were uninjured and alerted authorities.

An operation commenced involving officers from Hawkesbury Police Area Command, Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance.

Paramedics were winched into the location, and the man, who was still partially underwater, was declared deceased.

Due to the terrain and fading daylight, the recovery operation was suspended just after 8.30pm.

About 11.50am today (Sunday 17 January 2021), the man’s body was recovered by Police Rescue and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

He is yet to be formally identified and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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