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Man dies following boat capsize at Moruya North Head

A man has died after a boat capsized on the state’s South Coast today.

Just before 11am (Wednesday 9 February 2022), emergency services were called to North Head, Moruya, following reports a boat had capsized.

Police have been told a six-metre aluminium vessel – carrying three men – tipped over shortly after exiting the Moruya River mouth. Witnesses on the break wall tossed a lifebuoy to the men, and all three were brought back to shore.

One man, aged 67, was unconscious with resuscitation attempted by witnesses before NSW Ambulance Paramedics arrived, however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

The two other men – aged 67 and 36 – were uninjured and the skipper – the older man – was taken to Moruya Hospital for mandatory testing.

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.

Editor's NOTE: The Angel Ring used in the rescue had only just been replaced due to vandalism that had seen the original Angel Ring removed. The installation of the rings is part of a state-wide ANSA project, and funded largely by recreational license fees paid to the Saltwater Trust and Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing.