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Teenage fisherman’s body is pulled from the water in Port Kembla; Brenden Hurd

Teenage fisherman’s body is pulled from the water two days being struck by a large wave at a notorious fishing spot that’s claimed five other lives in the past year

  • Brenden Buxton Hurd, 19, was swept off rocks at fishing spot on Monday
  • Tragedy unfolded at Port Kembla on the NSW south coast around 3.45pm
  • Following an extensive search, Mr Hurd’s body was located on Wednesday

The body of a teenager swept off rocks while fishing on the New South Wales south coast has been uncovered after a two-day search.

Emergency services were called to popular fishing spot Hill 60 at Port Kembla around 3.45pm on Anzac Day, after Brenden Hurd, 19, was hit by a large wave.

Mr Hurd’s friends, aged 17 and 50, entered the water in a frantic attempt to rescue him and emergency services were also alerted.

Both men suffered minor injuries at the scene. 

Keen angler Brenden Buxton Hurd, 19 (pictured), was swept off rocks at a popular fishing spot on Monday on the NSW south coast

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District initiated a search for Mr Hurd, assisted by Surf Life Saving NSW, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter.

‘There was a number of people fishing at the time who raised the alarm to emergency services,’ Surf Life Saving Illawarra Duty Officer Anthony Turner said.

The rock shelf at Hill 60 is considered highly dangerous, with five people drowning at the spot last year.

‘It has been notorious over the last two years, and there has been multiple deaths in this location,’ Turned added.

Police stressed the importance of always wearing a lifejacket while fishing. 

It is believed the trio of men were not wearing lifejackets at the time.

Mr Hurd's friends, aged 17 and 50, entered the water in a frantic attempt to rescue him

Mr Hurd’s friends, aged 17 and 50, entered the water in a frantic attempt to rescue him

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District quickly initiated a search for Mr Hurd, assisted by Surf Life Saving NSW, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter - sadly he drowned

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District quickly initiated a search for Mr Hurd, assisted by Surf Life Saving NSW, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter – sadly he drowned

‘We can’t state the importance of lifejackets, especially in an isolated location like this,’ Superintendent Craig Ireland said.

‘A freak wave can come at anytime.’

Mr Hurd’s family have created a Gofundme page, raising funds for his funeral.

‘My heart is broken and I don’t have any money to put my sweet boy to rest,’ his heartbroken mother Tracey said.

‘He was the life of the family, and always made me laugh. I’m at a loss, he had a heart of gold.’

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