In a plea for public assistance, local authorities are seeking witnesses to come forward in the wake of a tragic incident on the Central Coast that claimed the life of a 51-year-old man. The victim passed away in hospital after being rescued from the water at Terrigal Haven last month.
On the evening of Friday, October 20, 2023, emergency services responded to distress calls reporting an unconscious man in the water at approximately 5:45 pm. According to police reports, the man had been engaged in scuba diving with a friend when adverse weather conditions prompted their return to shore. During an attempt to ascend the rocks, the 51-year-old was struck by a powerful wave, causing him to slip, hit his head, and fall back into the water.
A Good Samaritan, identified as an unidentified surfer, courageously entered the water on his surfboard, successfully retrieving the injured man. Once ashore, CPR was administered until the arrival of paramedics from NSW Ambulance. Despite immediate efforts to stabilize him, the victim was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in critical condition. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries a few days later, as confirmed by hospital authorities who subsequently notified the police.
Brisbane Water Police District detectives have taken charge of the investigation on behalf of the Coroner. They are now seeking the public’s help in identifying the heroic surfer who played a pivotal role in rescuing the victim. Detectives believe that this individual may possess crucial information to aid their ongoing inquiries.
As the investigation progresses, anyone with pertinent information is strongly encouraged to reach out to Gosford Police Station or provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
In the interest of maintaining confidentiality, individuals can also submit information through the Crime Stoppers website: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. The public is reminded to refrain from reporting information via NSW Police social media pages. The authorities assure that all provided information will be treated with the utmost discretion.