Deadly day on NSW waterways

FOUR people are dead and several others have been admitted to hospital after another disastrous day on the state’s waterways.

Two men could not be revived after being pulled from separate beaches. And a woman’s body was found in Sydney Harbour a few hours after her husband reported her missing from the family boat early on Monday.

Late on Monday afternoon, a body was retrieved from the Murrumbidgee River in south-western NSW after a police search for a man who fell from a canoe.

Locally, a teenage kite-surfer suffered back injuries after being slammed on to the ground at Caves Beach; a man survived after being pulled offshore by a rip at Birubi Beach; two Koreans were saved by lifesavers at Hawks Nest; and the Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter was called to treat a boy who had suffered  suspected spinal injuries at Fingal Bay.

The deadly New Year’s Eve began with the search for a woman, 49, who had been missing from her family boat in Vaucluse.

She was reported missing about 2am and her body was found about 6.30am. Police said she had been drinking.

A bodyboarder, 32, who had entered the water at Inyadda Beach at Bendalong, near Nowra, about 10am was pulled ashore by local surfers but could not be revived.

He may have had an  existing medical condition and it is suspected he suffered a medical emergency.

About 1pm on Monday, a snorkeller found a man aged in his mid-20s floating unconscious underwater at Little Delwood Beach near the Manly Wharf. He had gone into cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Police said a man’s body had been recovered from the Murrumbidgee River south of Griffith about 3pm  on New Year's Eve but he was yet to be formally identified.

Police and emergency services began searching on Sunday afternoon after reports a canoe had tipped over and a man had fallen into the river near Darlington Point but had not resurfaced.

The search was suspended at nightfall but resumed at 9am on Monday.

Police say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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