Body retrieved near Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park thought to be missing student

| 03.04,19. 04:37 PM |

Body retrieved near Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park thought to be missing student

Photo: The body is believed to be that of a 22-year-old Nepalese man. (Flickr: Vern)

Emergency crews have retrieved a man's body that became wedged between rocks in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney.

The body is believed to be that of a 22-year-old Nepalese student who went missing at the notorious Figure Eight Pools in February.

Police say a bushwalker located the man's body on Monday afternoon around 800 metres south of the pools.

Wollongong Police, Police Rescue, and the Air Wing successfully recovered the body at about midday yesterday, but a formal process to identify the man's body is yet to take place.

The death of a young tourist who fell down a 40-metre cliff face while trying to take a photo prompts a warning for people to take care when searching for that perfect holiday shot.

A report on the man's death will be prepared for the Coroner.

The man's disappearance in February led to calls for the popular and dangerous tourist attraction to be closed.

It is understood the man was swept off the rocks at a time when the official risk rating by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was forecasted as Extreme.

An Extreme rating detailed on the NPWS website describe waves washing over the rock platform.

"If you're standing on the rock shelf [at this time] you'll be knocked over by waves and dragged across it," the website said.

"You could also be washed into the ocean."

More than 340 coastal rescues in national park

According to statistics from Surf Life Saving New South Wales, this is the ninth drowning death in the Royal National Park since 2016.

The data revealed there have been 343 rescues performed off coastal locations within the park by Surf Life Savers and lifeguards since 2014.

The fatalities occurred at several locations inside the park that are increasingly popular on social media including the Figure Eight Pools, the Wattamolla picnic area and Cape Solander.

In a statement made at the time of the 22-year-old's disappearance, the NPWS said it was "deeply concerned" by the incident.

"NPWS has worked tirelessly with other emergency services to improve visitor safety and warn visitors of the inherent dangers of visiting a rock platform which is adjacent to the open ocean and is frequently hit by large waves," the spokesperson said.

"The rock platform is completely submerged during high tide and large swells and large wave sets frequently break across the entire platform, even during low tide."


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