A 25-year-old man has died after he slipped and fell into water on his way to go rock fishing with a group of friends on Sunday morning.
Two of the men accompanying him jumped in with a nearby lifesaving ring to help their unconscious friend, who is not believed to have been wearing a life jacket.
The trio were rescued from the waters at Little Beecroft Head, near Currarong, by emergency services, who performed CPR on the man, but he could not be revived.
Both other men were taken to Shoalhaven Hospital in a stable condition, suffering from exposure.
A 25-year-old man has died after slipping and falling into the water at Currarong, NSW on Sunday
Two of his friends dived in to save him with a lifesaving ring, but were unsuccessful in reviving him
They were all helped out of the water by emergency services, assisted by a helicopter (pictured)
The pair of friends were distraught as they headed back to dry land (pictured)
Video showed the pair looking distraught as they headed back to dry land.
Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are investigating whether the man could have suffered a medical episode.
Hours later, a man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after nearly drowning at a beach south of Sydney.
Emergency services were called to M.M. Beach in Port Kembla just before 1pm on Sunday after a 33-year-old man was pulled from the water.
The man had been swimming before he got into trouble, after visiting the beach with his wife and young children, the Illawarra Mercury reported.
He was rescued by members of the public, who performed CPR while they waited for paramedics, and taken to Wollongong Hospital in a critical condition.
A man, 33, has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after nearly drowning on Sunday at M.M Beach in Port Kembla
M.M. Beach is not patrolled by lifesavers, and Life Saving NSW duty officer Anthony Turner said the incident is a grave reminder to swim between the flags.
‘We have 17 patrolled beaches in Wollongong – people really need to make that effort to drive to a local patrolled beach,’ he said.
Mr Turner also urged swimmers to ‘know their limitations and ability on the surf’, and to speak with lifeguards if they were not sure.
The close call comes less than a day after two men lost their lives on Melbourne beaches.
Just hours before, on Saturday evening, a man drowned at Altona Boat Ramp in Melbourne after getting in trouble in the water
One man was pulled from the water at Altona Boat Ramp about 4.30pm on Saturday after getting in trouble in the water, alongside two others.
The trio were saved by passers-by on jet skis, who attempted to perform CPR on the man, who is yet to be identified, but he died at the scene.
At about 6pm, another man was swimming with a friend in Williamstown, when he began to drown.
He was pulled to shore by his friend, and others commenced CPR immediately, but he could not be saved.
KEEPING SAFE IN THE WATER
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- Read and observe the safety signs
- Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
- Always swim with someone else and look out for each other
- Always supervise children around the water
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Learn how to identify a rip
- If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
- Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing
- If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000)
Source: NSW Police