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Search for Missing Swimmer Ends in Tragedy at Como

A search for a missing swimmer in Sydney’s south has ended in tragedy, with emergency services discovering a man’s body on Tuesday afternoon.

A full-scale search was launched on the Georges River in Como after a 23-year-old man jumped into the water and failed to resurface.

The man was one of several people who jumped off the Como railway bridge just after 1.30pm, when temperatures in the area were about 31 degrees.

Witnesses raised the alarm when he disappeared below the water.

 

 

Water police, surf lifesavers and Marine Rescue searched the river for several hours, while the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and the NSW Ambulance helicopter searched from overhead.

The search was initially a “rescue operation”, with five ambulance crews on standby on nearby Cremona Road, adjacent to the river.

In a statement, NSW Police said officers had been called to reports of “a person in trouble in the water” just north of Como Marina.

“Police have been told a number of people had been jumping off the bridge when a 23-year-old man went missing,” a spokeswoman said.

“Just after 4pm, police located a body, believed to be that of the missing man. A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.”

One witness told Seven News the man slipped from the bridge and landed at an awkward angle in the water.

“You knew he wasn’t coming up, the way he landed,” the witness said.

Inspector Steve Worthington from Sutherland Police said jumping from a bridge into water may seem like “some sort of adventure” for young people, but it’s “another way you can get yourself in a bit of trouble”.

“Respect the waterways, respect how dangerous they can be,” Inspector Worthington said.

The incident is the second time in 24 hours someone has been seriously injured or killed while swimming in Sydney.

On Monday afternoon, a man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after he was pulled from the water at Bondi Beach suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Police believe the man, in his 60s, was knocked over by a wave and hit his head.

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