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Missing 64-year-old found safe after spending night on the rocks

June 19, 2023 7:51 am in by

A missing spear fisherman has been found safe and well following a multi-agency search on the South Coast over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to Lennards Island, between Pambula Beach and Eden, following reports a 64-year-old man had failed to return to shore after entering the water.

Officers attached to Marine Area Command coordinated a search of the area, assisted by South Coast Police, NSW Ambulance, Marine Rescue, and NSW Surf Live Saving.

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The green area is from dye being dropped into the water which shows teams the direction of the current, allowing searchers to adjust search areas if required.

The search was called off at 5:30pm on Saturday due to poor light but resumed from 8am Sunday morning with the SES joining the search party.

The man was found safe and well around 9:15am on the rocks near the water surrounding Beowa National Park.

He was transported by boat to Snug Cove, Eden, where he was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics. The man was uninjured.

Marine Rescue NSW crews on board XRAY 30 (Eden) and ‘Merimbula 31’ were a key part of the search on both days.

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Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Glenn Sullivan said it was a wonderful outcome.

“It was an amazing effort from all rescuers involved in this search which began on Saturday afternoon,” Mr Sullivan said.

Images: Marine Rescue NSW

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