Paramedics assist a 76 year-old fisherman from Yamba who slipped and fell more than 3 meters between rocks on on the breakwall near the mouth of the Clarence River yesterday.
Paramedics assist a 76 year-old fisherman from Yamba who slipped and fell more than 3 meters between rocks on on the breakwall near the mouth of the Clarence River yesterday. Rodney Stevens

Fisherman makes lucky escape

A YAMBA fisherman had a lucky escape yesterday after he slipped and fell more than three metres into the water, wedged between rocks near the mouth of the Clarence River.

If it wasn’t for the quick actions of a Sydney couple walking along the break wall who saw the man fall, he possibly could have drowned.

Locals, who were also walking along the break wall, called paramedics who rushed to the man’s aid.

The fisherman, aged 76 years, passed out before he was helped out of the water.

He had blood streaming from his head and was treated in the ambulance for lacerations to his head.

Shaken and sore, he was then taken to Maclean hospital.

“Someone spoke to me and I turned around to answer and lost my footing,” he said.

The Sydney couple, who did not want to be named, said they were enjoying a leisurely walk along the break wall when they came across the fisherman and decided to chat to him.

“We saw him slipping, so my husband went to see if he was okay but he wasn’t,” the woman said.

“If we weren’t there he probably would have been gone because nobody would have seen him.”

Two local women nearby said the couple’s actions possibly saved the man’s life.

They said he was trapped between the rocks and the incoming tide could have proved fatal.

“You couldn’t see him, so unless he was screaming, you wouldn’t have known he was there,” one woman said.

“I have never seen anybody that close jammed between rocks in the water.

“When he passed out it was really scary.”



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