A man who died on the NSW Central Coast after falling from a kayak had “heroically” held a boy above the water before they could be rescued.
Emergency services were called to parkland on Koowong Road at Gwandalan, bordering Lake Macquarie, shortly after 6pm on Friday, following reports a kayaker and a child had been pulled from the water.
“NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and treated a 33-year-old man, who died at the scene,” a NSW Police spokeswoman said.
“The child was uninjured.”
The boy, who was known to the man, is believed to be aged four.
“It appears the man has heroically held the young boy above the water when they’ve tipped over, saving his life,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Craig said.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the man was unable to be revived.”
He said it was a “very emotional scene” and praised those who rendered first aid before paramedics arrived.
“With the warmer weather fast approaching, it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous the water can be and how quickly things can change,” Inspector Craig said.
Tuggerah Lakes police officers attended and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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