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Lone fisherman dies in northern NSW

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016

An angler has died in northern NSW, just days after the state government announced a trial of mandatory life jackets for rock fishers in Sydney.

Rescuers were called to a breakwall at Turners Beach, Yamba, to reports that a man was struggling in the water about 7.45pm on Wednesday.

Three men tried to help the 45-year-old man before police arrived to pull him onto the rocks but he could not be saved.

Police say the man had been fishing alone and was not wearing a life jacket.

Earlier this month, Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott described rock fishing as "one of Australia's deadliest pastimes" as he announced a 12-month trial of compulsory life jackets along a 29-kilometre stretch of coastline in eastern Sydney.

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