Cop drowns saving teen from surf

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An off-duty police officer has drowned after heroically saving a teenage boy caught in a rip-tide on the NSW South Coast on New Year’s Day.

About 1.30pm on Sunday, emergency services were called to Bogola Beach, south of Narooma, following reports a man had been pulled unconscious from the water.

Paramedics tried to revive the 45-year-old, however he died at the scene.

An off-duty police officer has died while saving a teen from the surf. Picture: Julie ClarkAn off-duty police officer has died while saving a teen from the surf. Picture: Julie Clark

The man had bravely rushed into the water after seeing a 14-year-old boy had become stuck in a rip-tide, before he became caught himself.

He has since been identified as a serving NSW Police officer, who was off-duty at the time.

Local police have commenced an investigation and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact South Coast Police District on (02) 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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