Asian rockfishing heroes provide training fodder for Westpac rescue crews

Another month, another Asian rock fisherman drowns after being swept into the Pacific off the New South Wales coast.

This time it was a 63-year-old Chinese national who had been fishing yesterday with his son-in-law around 5pm at Wattamolla in the Royal National Park when he slipped and fell into the water.  Bugger!

And the sea wasn’t even rough.

Police from Marine Area Command, an ambulance helicopter and the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter searched the water for the man.  The Chinese was located floating face down and pulled onto a police launch. Ambulance Paramedics were winched onto the police launch to assist with CPR; however, the man could not be revived.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.  It will read something like…”Another one Your Honour…Asian rock fisherman’s death was due to natural causes and was contributed to by not wearing a life jacket, not being able to swim and being quite stupid.”

Typical rockfishing ‘heroes’, neither were wearing life jackets.

Life Jackets Save LivesLife jackets are yellow, so one would think Chinese would feel comfortable wearing one.  Even a ‘running dog’ can wear one.


On Sunday August 30, 2015 imported Chinese gymnast Zou Li Min (54) had thought it a good idea to go rock fishing at Dark Beach in South Durras near Batemans Bay when he was swept into the sea about 1.30pm.   He had also thought it a good idea not to wear a life jacket.

Face of Rock Fishing FoolsThe Face of Rock Fishing

The Westpac Life Saver Helicopter and police from the Far South Coast Local Area Command found the man about an hour later face down in the water and was unable to be revived by paramedics. NSW Police prepared a report for the coroner.  Practice for police in report writing.

He may have been a world-class hero gymnast, and in retirement but thought he’d be a hero rock fisher.

Rock fishing is considered one of the most dangerous sports in Australia.  May be that is why so many Asians fish on the rock edge.   It can;t be for getting big fish, because anyone can buy all sorts at Sydney’s Fish Markets 7 days a week.

Despite the routine warnings for fishermen to wear life jackets, the lads in the Westpac rescue team continue to be provided with monthly training opportunities to pluck dead Asians off our eastern coastline.

Last July, on another Sunday another Asian was lucky to be rescued off Seal Rocks, north of Newcastle by local surfers.  The fisherman thought a rock platform with a name like “Treachery Headland” would test his hero fishing ability.

Then he fell into water and was carried hundreds of metres offshore.  More practice for the police, surf club craft and Westpac rescue helicopter crews. The man was kept afloat on a surfboard – he suffered exhaustion and scratches.

Last May on yet another Sunday, an Asian man living in Sydney’s increasingly ethnic Artarmon went rock fishing at Grotto Point in Sydney Harbour.  After failing to return home, at 11am the next day a police search found his body under a rock ledge near the lighthouse at the tip of Grotto Point.

A heavy swell was known to be entering the harbour at the time.

Since 1990, at least 31 rock fishermen have died along Sydney’s northern beaches coastline.  Most were Asian.

Chinese Rock FishermanYup, Asian on a Sunday with rod, but no fish and no life jacket


Rock fishing became the leading cause of coastal drownings in NSW for the first time in 2013-14, according to statistics from Surf Live Saving NSW.  More Asians rocking up in Sydney see.

Eight rock fishermen died in that year, accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths. Most were Asians rock fishing on a Sunday with no life jacket.

Seems like some Asian cult thing.