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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Fatal capsize on the Narooma Bar

A man has died and a woman was rescued after a boat capsized on the South Coast earlier today.

About 11.25am (Wednesday 5 April 2023), emergency services were called to Narooma Bar, following reports a small boat had capsized attempting to enter the Narooma Bar with a man and a woman onboard.

A woman, believed to be aged in her 60s, was rescued from the water by a passing boat. She has been taken to Moruya Hospital for further treatment.

A man, believed to be aged in his 70s, was removed from the water by Marine Rescue personnel and taken to a nearby beach, where NSW Ambulance Paramedics performed CPR but were unable to revive the man.

Officers from South Coast Police District and the Marine Area Command have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

Marine Rescue NSW is urging all boaters be extra careful when they’re out on the state’s waterways this Easter long weekend.

Marine Rescue volunteers across NSW have conducted 1,675 rescue missions in the first three months this year and MRNSW Commissioner Alex Barrell (BAR-ELLE) is hoping boaters play their role to avoid incidents.

“We’ve seen far too much trauma on our coastline this summer, my hope is that we get through this Easter weekend with no fatalities or serious injuries,” Commissioner Barrell said.

Mr Barrell said good preparation is the key to safely enjoying time on the state’s waterways.

“Make sure you’ve planned your voyage.

“Simple checks of making sure that your boat is in good working order before you leave the boat ramp, checking that you have the right safety equipment, checking that you have the right amount of fuel for your voyage can prevent a good day on the water turning to a bad day on the water,” he said.

Mr Barrell said it is very important that boaters Log On with their local Marine Rescue base or use the Marine Rescue NSW app.

“One simple step that any boater can take is to Log On with Marine Rescue either over VHF marine channel 16 or via the free Marine Rescue app.

“It’s a simple step and what it means is if you don’t return as planned Marine Rescue will start looking for you,” Commissioner Barrell said.

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers conducted 159 rescues over the Easter long weekend last year with incidents occurring along the coastline from Point Danger to Eden and inland on the Murray River at Moama.

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