Local man drownes
Saturday, 30th April, 2011
Police are investigating the apparent drowning of a 62-year-old local man in the Darling River near Wilcannia on Thursday night.
The man had been camping with a family friend at Calpaulin Station, via Wilcannia and was last seen alive around 6pm on Thursday night, according to police.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg from the Barrier Local Area Command said concerned friends alerted police after the man was not seen for several hours.
Wilcannia State Emergency Service crews found the man’s body at 11.20pm more than a kilometre from the camp site.
Det Insp Stoltenberg said it appeared the man lost his footing and fell into the river.
“It appears at this time, that the male has unfortunately lost his footing on the slippery banks of the river, falling in and subsequently drowning,” Det Insp Stoltenberg said.
“There were marks on the river bank.
“The bank was very slippery.”
Both Wilcannia and Broken Hill police attended the incident and police are preparing a brief of evidence for the Coroner.
The man’s name has not been released.