Man drowns while walking to island

A MAN has died on the beach at Lake Tabourie.

The 46-year-old man Darren Rowley was pulled unconscious from the water just before 2pm on Wednesday after disappearing in large waves.

Mr Rowley and a 36-year-old woman had left holiday accommodation at Lake Tabourie and were walking along the ocean beach when the decided to cross a small channel to Tabourie Island.

However as they crossed the short distance Mr Rowley and the woman were swamped by large waves and disappeared into the water.

A man who was also walking on the beach with his wife entered the water and was able to rescue the woman and bring her to the beach.

However Mr Rowley could not be located for about 20 minutes and was eventually found 300 metres south from where he was last seen.

While attempts to resuscitate Mr Rowley were unsuccessful another witness called triple zero.

Police and paramedics arrived within minutes, and paramedics worked to revive Mr Rowley, but were unable to save him.

His body remained in place for a while on the beach, before a rising tide forced rescue personnel to move it further from the water and the wild conditions.

Paramedics took the woman to Milton Hospital and treated for shock while police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command started inquiries into Mr Rowley’s death.

Police investigations into the death are continuing, and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

His death came on a day when the Bureau of Meteorology and Surf Life Saving NSW issued warnings about rough seas along the east coast, urging people to avoid swimming, boating or fishing from rocks near ocean beaches.

Last week’s death was the second on local beaches this summer after a man died a few weeks earlier while body boarding at Bendalong.

He had a history of heart problems, and his death was attributed to a heart attack.

TRAGEDY: Investigations begin into last week’s drowning at Lake Tabourie as paramedics pack up their equipment at the scene. Photo: GLENN ELLARD.

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