Man who died after fall from kayak “heroically” held boy above water
A man who died on the central New South Wales coast after falling from a kayak had “heroically” held a boy above the water before he could be rescued.
Emergency services were called to a park on Koowong Road in Gwandalan on Macquarie Lake shortly after 6 p.m. Friday following reports that a kayaker and a child had been pulled from the water.
“NSW Ambulance Paramedics attended and treated a 33-year-old man who died at the scene,” said an NSW Police spokesperson.
“The child was not injured.
The boy, who was known to the man, is said to be four years old.
“It appears the man heroically held the young boy above the water when they rolled over, saving his life,” said NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Craig.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of passers-by and paramedics, the man could not be resuscitated.”
He said it was a “very moving scene” and praised those who provided first aid before the ambulance arrived.
“With warmer weather fast approaching, it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous water is and how quickly things can change,” Inspector Craig said.
Police officers from Tuggerah Lakes were present and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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