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Police confirm tragic death at Fingal Head

UPDATED. 3.21pm:

POLICE have confirmed the tragic death of a 20-year-old bodyboarder at Fingal Headland today.

The search for the man commenced with police and surf lifesaver assistance at about 11.30am.

Police responded to reports of the swimmer becoming distressed in the water, after coming off his board and attempting to climb the rocks.

His friends reported the incident to police.

After a frantic search, the man was pulled from the water at about 1.30pm, onto the beach, where paramedics commenced CPR.

Sadly, the man could not be revived.  

A report will be prepared for the coroner to determine the cause of the man's death.

Ryan Martin, 30, died last year when he tried to rescue a 10-year-old girl swept out to sea off the same headland.

Aggie Auela, 26, died in 2015, when she tried to rescue a nine-year-old boy off the same headland.

UPDATED, 2.14pm:

AFTER a desperate search by emergency services, a man's body has been retrieved from the water at Fingal Headland.

INITIAL REPORT, 12.29pm:

EMERGENCY services are scouring the coastline at Fingal Head on the NSW far north coast, looking for a man who went missing in the surf earlier today.

A NSW police media spokeswoman said emergency services were called to the Fingal Headland just after 11.30am following reports a man had become distressed in the water.

Police have been told a man was body boarding when he lost his board and attempted to climb onto the rocks.

A search for a 20-year-old man has commenced with assistance from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command polce and surf lifesavers.

Ryan Martin, 30, died last year off the same headland, trying to rescue a 10-year-old girl swept out to sea.


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