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Beware of dangerous seas this weekend

A man has died and another four were swept off rocks in Tathra, 18 kms west of Bega today. Emergency services were called to Bay Street, Tathra following reports a number of fishermen had been washed off rocks into the water about 1pm today (Saturday 21 January 2017). Officers from The Far South Coast Local Area Command with the assistance of Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving NSW and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter launched a searched for the men. Four men were rescued from the water and treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics for minor injuries. One man, believed to be aged in his 50s, was also rescued and treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics however, he died at the scene. The man is yet to be formally identified. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. This morning a warning of dangerous seas was issued by Surf Lifesaving across the media saying a warning is in place for coastline stretching from the Far South through to Tweeds Head and the Queensland border. Strong Weekend Surf Expected Along NSW Coast Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution while in the water this weekend with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast expected from Saturday. Please be careful out there and if you are fishing from the rocks wear a PFD


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