18 June 2023

Missing fisherman found alive in South Coast national park

| Claire Fenwicke
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Marine Rescue volunteer crews from Eden and Merimbula took part in the search for the missing fisherman. Photo: Marine Rescue NSW.

A spear fisherman has been found uninjured on the coastline of Beowa National Park near Merimbula almost 18 hours since he first went missing.

A multi-agency search was launched on Saturday (17 June) when it was reported the 64-year-old man had failed to return to shore after entering the water at Lennards Island, near Merimbula, at about 3:15 pm.

Crews from South Coast Police District, NSW Ambulance, Marine Rescue and NSW Surf Life Saving commenced a search of the area, which was called off at about 5:30 pm due to poor light.

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The search began again at 8 am on Sunday (18 June), with NSW SES volunteers also joining the rescue effort, focusing on Lennards Island and the water surrounding the Beowa National Park.

The man was found uninjured on rocks at about 9:15 am on the coast within the national park.

He was transported by boat to Snug Cove, Eden, where he was assessed by paramedics.

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

“It was an amazing effort from all rescuers involved in this search,” he said.

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