Peter Stone has been revealed as the ‘hero’ officer who drowned on New Year’s Day after saving his teenage son from a’significant’ rip current.
Sunday afternoon, the 45-year-old NSW police rescue officer dove into rough water at Bogola Beach on the state’s extreme south coast to save his 14-year-old son.
Mr. Stone was then caught in the severe surf, and emergency services were dispatched to a beach near Narooma at approximately 1 p.m.
A helicopter from nearby Moruya spotted him in the ocean and notified adjacent lifeguards, who immediately hurried to the beach.
He was taken unconscious from the water and paramedics attempted CPR, but he was declared dead at the site.
Peter Stone, a police rescue officer, drowned on January 1 after jumping into rough water at Bogola Beach to save his 14-year-old son.
On Sunday, a police officer perished after saving the life of a teenager caught in a rip current at Bogola Beach
Acting NSW Police Inspector Paul Hoyer stated that Mr. Stone’s actions demonstrated his character.
Inspector Hoyer stated, “As a father, parent, and police officer, he was definitely doing as he should have.”
“This is a catastrophe… it is heartbreaking”
Mr. Stone, who was on extended leave from the police and had once served in the Blue Mountains, was on vacation with his family in the Narooma region.
Lifeguards were not patrolling Bogola Beach at the time of the accident.
Inspector Hoyer stated, “From what I gather, he was able to pull his son from the chasm.”
The fact that he was subsequently carried further out to sea by the rip will, of course, factor into our research as we produce a brief.
Always, the NSW Police and Surf Life Saving advocate swimming between the flags at a patrolled beach if you want to go to the beach.
Peter Stone, a police rescue officer, perished while on vacation with his family on the south coast of New South Wales (pictured)
Peter Stone, a police rescue officer, was pulled unconscious from the water and proclaimed dead at the spot.
The chief executive of Surf Life Saving NSW, Steven Pearce, stated, “It’s a truly awful occurrence.”
“Each year, there are several instances in which a rescuer becomes a victim, while the person they were attempting to save safely escapes a rip,” he explained.
During the festive season between Christmas and New Year, several Australians drowned.
Lifesavers in New South Wales have performed a record-breaking 1,000 rescues in the previous week alone.
South Coast Police District officers have initiated an investigation and will compile a report for the Coroner.