An afternoon outing turned to tragedy on Wednesday when a 45-year-old Shoalhaven Heads man fell to his death from a cliff at Gerroa.
Inspector Ron Davis of Lake Illawarra Area Command said the man was walking on the northern side of Black Head Reserve about 12.45pm when he fell.
‘‘Unfortunately he has gone too close to the cliff edge and fallen backwards over the cliff, landing on rocks 25 metres below,’’ Insp Davis said.
Police, ambulance and State Emergency Service crews attended the scene, with the Ambulance Rescue Helicopter called.
Paramedics attended to him at the bottom of the cliff edge, but their efforts were in vain and the man was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained.
At the time of the incident, the victim had been walking with another man, who was helping police with their inquiries late on Wednesday.
The matter will be referred to the coroner.
‘‘There are some blustery conditions, and wind could have been a factor,’’ Insp Davis said.
‘‘It is also a grassy area leading up to the cliff edge and the man just got too close to that ... it is a pretty dodgy edge.’’