Rock fisherman rescued, NSW

Officers from Botany Bay Water Police rescued a rock fisherman who fell into the water while fishing off Potter Point, Kurnell, this morning, NSW Police say.

The alarm was raised about 8.15am (Thursday 15 March 2018), when a 54-year-old man, who was was rock fishing with an older friend, fell in.

Fortunately, he was wearing a Personal Flotation Device at the time, and although he was not a competent swimmer, he managed to stay afloat until the arrival of Water Police and POLAIR.

The man was rescued from the water by officers from Botany Bay Marine Area Command and due to his life jacket, he managed to escape the incident unharmed.

Inspector Darren Wood from the Marine Area Command said this was a perfect example of why rock fisherman should always wear life jackets made to the Australian Standard.

“It’s safe to say the outcome would have been very different had this man not been wearing a Personal Flotation Device. It saved his life,” said Insp Wood.

/Public Release.