Off-duty police officer drowns at Narooma seashore after rescuing son caught in rip

Off-duty police officer drowns at Narooma seashore after rescuing son caught in rip

An off-duty police officer has drowned whereas rescuing his son from a rip at an unpatrolled seashore on NSW’s far South Coast on New Yr’s Day.

The 45-year-old man rescued his 14-year-old son, who was caught in a rip at a seashore north of Bogola Head and south of Narooma.

Appearing Inspector Paul Hoyer, from Nowra police station, stated the useless man was an officer based mostly in Sydney.

He stated the person was dragged out to sea by a “substantial” rip, having managed to push his son to security.

“This can be a tragedy that may lower by means of to the household, his buddies and his work mates,” Appearing Inspector Hoyer stated.

“It is devastating. It is devastating presently of the yr and with the recency of the 2 deaths in Queensland, it brings house how harmful policing is.

“As a father, mum or dad and as a police officer he was clearly doing what he ought to be doing.”

Police are investigating the incident and a report might be ready for the coroner.

Chief government of Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) Steven Pearce stated the person’s actions saved {the teenager}.

“Heroically, he was in a position to help [the boy] out of hazard, out of the rip, however he himself remained within the rip and submerged in entrance of witnesses,” Mr Pearce stated.

Lifesavers have been referred to as to the seashore about 1:30pm and located the person a short while later.

They gave him CPR, however he was declared useless on the scene by paramedics.

Off-duty police officer drowns at Narooma seashore after rescuing son caught in rip
Greater than 1,000 water rescues have been carried out over the Christmas interval.(ABC Information: Harriet Tatham)
A man with grey hair stands in front of a surf club
Lifesavers say swimmers are most probably to be rescued efficiently in the event that they’re close to or between the flags.(ABC Information: Harriet Tatham )

SLSNSW beforehand stated two boys aged 12 and 15 have been rescued from unpatrolled waters at close by Handkerchief Seaside, nevertheless, this was not appropriate.

Surf lifesavers have had their busiest Christmas interval in three years in response to SLSNSW president George Shales.

A heat summer season with out COVID restrictions has seen hundreds flock to each the shoreline and inland our bodies of water like dams and lakes.

Mr Shales stated greater than 1,000 rescues had been carried out, and, greater than a dozen profitable resuscitations had additionally taken place — totally on youngsters and younger grownup males.

“To be actually sincere, it’s it’s fairly uncommon for them to achieve success,” Mr Shales stated.

“These people have been swimming near or close to a patrolled location, which permits our surf lifesavers and lifeguards to have the ability to react and reply actually rapidly — and that is key to having a profitable resuscitation,” he added.