Extensive search undertaken after rock fishers swept off rocks at Fingal Bay

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched in a medical team to treat an injured fisher.

EMERGENCY services responded swiftly to distress calls reporting four rock fishers swept off the rocks at Fingal Bay at around 9:20am on Saturday.

The incident unfolded as families and beachgoers enjoyed the surf and sand, emphasising the unpredictable and often perilous nature of coastal environments.

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An initial Westpac Rescue Helicopter search was hampered by heavy swell before the helicopter’s critical care medical team were winched into the scene to treat one of the fishermen, a man in his 50s, who had sustained injuries after being swept onto rocks.

Two men and a woman were rescued and then treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, however despite the valiant efforts of the emergency response teams, a man in his 60s remained missing in the turbulent waters, prompting an extensive search operation.

The 59-year-old man from Sans Souci, a 54-year-old man from Chatswood, and a 47-year-old woman, also from Chatswood, were taken to John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

Acting Inspector Leer of the Port Stephens Hunter Police District expressed the gravity of the situation, stating, “An extensive search operation is underway to locate the missing individual.

“Our teams are working tirelessly in collaboration with various agencies to cover every possible area.”

The multi-agency response included the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES), Surf Life Saving NSW, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, NSW Police Force, NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), Fire and Rescue NSW, and Marine Rescue NSW.

The volatile conditions of the water posed significant challenges to the initial search operation, with teams navigating through strong currents and unpredictable tides.

As the search continued on Monday morning, local residents and authorities urged beachgoers to exercise caution and adhere to safety guidelines when enjoying coastal areas.

Authorities remind the public to be vigilant, especially during periods of high surf and unpredictable weather conditions.


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