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Man drowns at beach – South Coast


A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a man drowned at a beach in the South Coast this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Pretty Beach, about 30km north of Batemans Bay, at 2.30pm today (Sunday 4 February 2018), following reports a man had become distressed in the water.

The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was found face down in the water.

Attempts to revive the man were made until NSW Ambulance Paramedics arrived, and he was pronounced deceased.

Officers from the South Coast Police District will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The incident is a timely reminder for swimmers to make safety the priority when in, on or around the water this summer.

Authorities advise the following tips for keeping safe at the beach:

* Always swim between the red and yellow flags

* Read and observe the safety signs

* Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice

* Always swim with someone else and look out for each other

* Always supervise children around the water

* Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs

* Learn how to identify a rip

* If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

* Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing

* If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000) for police NSW Police Media

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