On June 12, 2016, a body was discovered in Sydney, Australia. The body was found while searching for a person who was fishing from the rocks on the northern beaches according to 9News.
The man that was found is said to be middle-aged and of Asian decent. He was reported missing overnight from Dolphin Bay a popular site in Whale Beach, which is located 40 km North of Sydney.
Rescue crew members located the unidentified male at the scene around 11:00 a.m. AEST Sunday morning Australian police said. The New South Wales also reported that the body could be a 53-year-old man who had been fishing off of a rock platform on Saturday afternoon.
When the man did not return from his fishing trip, his family was alarmed. The man’s son found his empty car on Saturday afternoon. Police are saying the initial look into the death does not look suspicious.
The body has not been identified, and a forensic examination will take place to determine if it is, in fact, the missing fisherman. The area is a well-known sport for rock fishing. According to “The Sydney Morning Herald,” the surf was not too rough, but a swell could have surprised people.
In February, Emergency Services Minister David Elliott announced that state government officials would implement new laws which would force those who fish from the rocks, at high-risk locations, to wear a life-jacket. A team has been put together to determine where the high-risk spots are, and fishermen will have a one-year grace period before the law goes into effect.
Written by Brandy Combs
Edited by Cathy Milne
9News.com:Body found in Sydney search for fisherman
The Sydney Morning Herald: Body found at Whale Beach believed to be missing rock fisher
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