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Depth of a Fisherman  
2002 Darwin Award Winner
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(9 January 2002, New Zealand) A fisherman was swept away from the wild West Coast beaches of Auckland, pushed to sea by 12-foot swells encountered after ignoring warnings of the impending danger.

Onlookers could only look on in conditions too poor to allow for a rescue attempt. A Surf Lifesaver reported seeing the man standing and fishing as swells broke over his head in the wake of the oncoming gale.

His body was recovered not far from the rocks.

He is not the first fisherman to drown recently off the West Coast beach. Another man tied himself to the rocks to prevent being swept away, and was drowned by the incoming tide.

A story of yet another fisherman's odd capsize. © 1994 - 2017
Submitted by: Mike Peters
Reference: New Zealand Herald

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