Police at Bonville Creek after a fisherman was washed off rocks and drowned.
Police at Bonville Creek after a fisherman was washed off rocks and drowned. Leigh Jensen

Fisherman falls to his death

A YOUNG Sawtell rock fisherman died after being swept off the rocks while fishing at Sawtell Headland on Friday night.

Police said family members had alerted police on Friday night after the man failed to return as planned from fishing.

The body of the 30-year-old man was found in Bonville Creek about 10am on Saturday after a search that began at 7am, involving police from Sawtell and Coffs Harbour, water police and State Emergency Services.

Six SES volunteers conducted a land search of Sawtell Headland, but police finally located the man's body about 1km up Bonville Creek, with the help of two kayakers, and retrieved it using a boat and 4WD vehicle.

The two kayakers found the body close to the mouth of the creek but then lost sight of it.

It was finally located further upstream.

A report is currently being prepared for the coroner. • FISHERMEN and boaties are being warned of some rough seas over the next few days.

The prediction for today will see S/SE 20/33 knots along the Coffs Coast with a swell of one to two metres.

This may rise to three metres by late afternoon.

Similar conditions are predicted for tomorrow with SW/SE 20/30 knots with the sea expected to be greater than today.

By Wednesday winds are predicted to drop to a more acceptable 11 knots with rain and showers easing by the weekend.

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