27 January 2020

Woman drowns at Merimbula, tragic end to Australia Day

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File photo, NSW Ambulance Service.

File photo, NSW Ambulance Service.

A 54-year-old French National woman has died while swimming at a beach on the South Coast yesterday afternoon (Sunday 26 January).

Emergency services responded to reports that a woman had been retrieved from the water unconscious at Short Point Beach, Merimbula, about 4 pm.

Lifeguards attempted to resuscitate the woman before NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived and commenced treatment. Despite efforts, she died at the scene.

Officers attached to the South Coast Police District attended and have commenced inquiries.

A report will be prepared for 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 crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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