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May 8, 2021

Tragedy again in the south coast bushfires

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On Tuesday (31 December 2019), officers from South Coast Police District were informed a 72-year-old man was unaccounted for at Belowra, about 50km north-west of Cobargo, after a large-scale bushfire impacted the area.

Yesterday (Thursday 2 January 2020), officers were able to access the site and located a body in a vehicle on Belowra Road.

While the body has not been formally identified, it is believed to be the 72-year-old man.

Inquiries are continuing, and reports will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Seven people have now died in the bushfire emergency affecting the NSW South Coast. An eighth man, a NSW RFS volunteer, died while fighting a fire at Jingellic on Monday (30 December 2019).

Detectives from South Coast Police District have now established Strike Force Indarra to investigate all aspects of the fires.

This will include investigating the seven fatalities that occurred in the District, loss of livestock, properties damaged and destroyed, and the cause of the fires.

As the bushfire emergency continues, people are urged to obey direction of emergency services and to monitor the Rural Fire Service NSW website www.rfs.gov.au and www.livetraffic.com for road closures.

Emergency services are also reminding the community not to contact Triple Zero (000) unless there is an emergency.

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  1. I heard from the horses mouth (a resident of south coast) that locals have been sleeping in their car next to the beach in case they have to make a run for it in the ocean! The naval ships that can take everybody stranded should have been there way before all this!

    I thought we had a multi billion dollar fleet! Where is it? What about a cruise ship or two? “Too little too late” I hear people saying!

    My friend said he had to bust through police barriers to get to his brother’s house because there was no one there to help him! And with phones and power out made it worse! All the animals and sheds they lived in were lost. They managed to save the house with wet towels and a garden hose!
    I am sure there are plenty more stories like this. Don’t think Scomo will get re elected now. It’s obvious he s not a leader!

    • Every point you make is absolutely Nancy – he never was a leader – just a smug smirking backstabbing marketing man full of glib slogans, excuses, lies and spin.


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