Man dies in hospital after Sandon Point surf rescue

A 48-year-old man who was pulled unconscious from the ocean at Bulli on Saturday morning has died in hospital.

NSW Police said the man, who was believed to have been visiting the area from Western Sydney when he entered the water unaccompanied, died on Monday afternoon.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Fellow beachgoers found the man floating face-down about 500 metres outside of the patrolled area, about 11.10am Saturday. 

An off-duty nurse and an RFS volunteer, Tyler Stanton, led early unsuccessful efforts to revive him.

He was rushed to Wollongong Hospital in a critical condition.

The man’s death was the second after a number of serious surf incidents in the Illawarra and South Coast over the weekend.

On Sunday, a 25-year-old rock fisherman drowned after slipping on rocks at a fishing spot at Little Beecroft Head in the Shoalhaven.

He had been walking with two others who grabbed a nearby Angel Life Ring and jumped in to assist the unconscious man. Despite CPR attempts he could not be revived.

Additionally, a 33-year-old South Western Sydney man remained in a critical condition in Wollongong Hospital on Monday evening, after a family swim at the unpatrolled MM Beach in Port Kembla turned nasty on Sunday afternoon.

Just after 1pm several members of the public pulled the unconscious man from the water and attempted CPR until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived.