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Surfer dies near Bronte Beach in New South Wales

Mattew Richell © Hachette Australia




Matthew Richell was swept onto the rocks

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2014 - A 41-year-old man who died after being caught in the surf at Tamarama on Wednesday afternoon has been named as Matthew Richell. The Balmain father of two was pulled unconscious from the water by other surfers, who tried to resuscitate him on the beach. He had suffered a head injury.

A jetski had been on its way to rescue Mr Richell after he was washed into an area known as "The Twins" when a wave knocked the distressed man into the rocks. Police say Mr Richell had been surfing at Bronte Beach but was swept north onto rocks at Tamarama.

Waverley Council chief lifeguard Bruce Hopkins said it appears Mr Richell had been washed into “The Twins”, named after two large vertical rocks. “It’s dangerous in there because you have a lot of ledges underneath. You’ve got sharp rocks, and there’s no other way out of there,” Mr Hopkins said.

Richell, who was from the UK, was the CEO of Hachette Australia.

Michael Koziol

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